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Material Witness: Metallic hydrogen in the spotlight 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-22

Philip Ball 


Material Witness: Metallic hydrogen in the spotlight

Bottom-up synthesis: Wired metal–organic chalcogenides 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-22

Fernando Rey, José L. Jordá 


Self-assembled transition metal–organic chalcogenide nanowires pave the way to a new family of electron conducting materials with tunable properties.

Glasses: Achieving long phonon lifetimes 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-22

Maxim Goryachev, Michael E. Tobar 


Spectral hole burning is now demonstrated with phonons in amorphous systems, leading to highly reduced phonon dissipation and, therefore, long phonon lifetimes.

Spintronics: Current-switched magnetic insulator 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-22

Jörg Wunderlich 


Exploiting the spin Hall effect acting on magnetic oxides outlines an unprecedented path towards low-power, non-volatile spintronics devices.

Porous materials: Lining up metal–organic frameworks 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-22

Neil R. Champness 


A new report demonstrates an innovative approach to aligning crystallites of metal–organic frameworks such that thin films are created with oriented channels — potentially overcoming one of the major barriers to application of these highly topical materials.

Membranes from academia to industry 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-22

 


Andrew Livingston (Imperial College London) and Richard Baker (Membrane Technology and Research) talk to Nature Materials about the perks and pitfalls of membrane research and development, and how activities at the new Barrer Centre might lead to next-generation separation technologies.

From water to organics in membrane separations 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-22

Ryan P. Lively, David S. Sholl 


Membrane materials provide economical means to achieve various separation processes — and their capabilities for processing organic fluids look set to expand significantly.

The state of flux 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-22

 


The development of new membrane materials for chemical separations is progressing rapidly, and their commercial success will require a more concerted effort from academia and industry.

Visualizing excitations at buried heterojunctions in organic semiconductor blends 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-20

Andreas C. Jakowetz, Marcus L. Böhm, Aditya Sadhanala, Sven Huettner, Akshay Rao, Richard H. Friend 


A pump–push–probe time-resolved technique is developed to characterize the dynamics of photoexcitations at buried, disordered interfaces. Applied to organic bulk heterojunctions, the method provides insight on charge separation in photovoltaic films.

A non-volatile organic electrochemical device as a low-voltage artificial synapse for neuromorphic computing 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-20

Yoeri van de Burgt, Ewout Lubberman, Elliot J. Fuller, Scott T. Keene, Grégorio C. Faria, Sapan Agarwal, Matthew J. Marinella, A. Alec Talin, Alberto Salleo 


A neuromorphic device based on the stable electrochemical fine-tuning of the conductivity of an organic ionic/electronic conductor is realized. These devices show high linearity, low noise and extremely low switching voltage.

Unravelling surface and interfacial structures of a metal–organic framework by transmission electron microscopy 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-20

Yihan Zhu, Jim Ciston, Bin Zheng, Xiaohe Miao, Cory Czarnik, Yichang Pan, Rachid Sougrat, Zhiping Lai, Chia-En Hsiung, Kexin Yao, Ingo Pinnau, Ming Pan, Yu Han 


The operational conditions used for electron microscopy can limit the insight that can be gained from fragile material samples. It is shown here how high-resolution TEM analysis of delicate MOFs can be achieved.

Organic electronics: Battery-like artificial synapses 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-20

J. Joshua Yang, Qiangfei Xia 


Borrowing the operating principles of a battery, a three-terminal organic switch has been developed on a flexible plastic substrate. The device consumes very little power and can be used as an artificial synapse for brain-inspired computing.

Organic photovoltaics: Pushing the knowledge of interfaces 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-20

Natalie Banerji 


The use of a spectroscopy technique called pump–push–probe electro-absorption provides insight into the energetic landscape of nanostructured donor–acceptor interfaces in bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells.

Strong evidence for d-electron spin transport at room temperature at a LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-13

Ryo Ohshima, Yuichiro Ando, Kosuke Matsuzaki, Tomofumi Susaki, Mathias Weiler, Stefan Klingler, Hans Huebl, Eiji Shikoh, Teruya Shinjo, Sebastian T. B. Goennenwein, Masashi Shiraishi 


Room-temperature spin transport is achieved in the d-electron-based two-dimensional electron gas at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface.

A zero-thermal-quenching phosphor 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-13

Yoon Hwa Kim, Paulraj Arunkumar, Bo Young Kim, Sanjith Unithrattil, Eden Kim, Su-Hyun Moon, Jae Young Hyun, Ki Hyun Kim, Donghwa Lee, Jong-Sook Lee, Won Bin Im 


A blue-emitting phosphor without thermal quenching is reported. The emission losses at high temperatures are compensated by a counter mechanism, originating in energy transfer between electron–hole pairs and thermally activated defect levels.

A magnetic heterostructure of topological insulators as a candidate for an axion insulator 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-13

M. Mogi, M. Kawamura, R. Yoshimi, A. Tsukazaki, Y. Kozuka, N. Shirakawa, K. S. Takahashi, M. Kawasaki, Y. Tokura 


An engineered topological insulator-based heterostructure is reported to show transport properties consistent with the realization of an axion insulator.

Universal lower limit on vortex creep in superconductors 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-13

S. Eley, M. Miura, B. Maiorov, L. Civale 


A very slow vortex creep in BaFe2(As0.67P0.33)2 films is found experimentally. The authors also claim the existence of a universal lower limit on vortex creep for any superconductor.

Distance-dependent magnetic resonance tuning as a versatile MRI sensing platform for biological targets 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-02-06

Jin-sil Choi, Soojin Kim, Dongwon Yoo, Tae-Hyun Shin, Hoyoung Kim, Muller D. Gomes, Sun Hee Kim, Alexander Pines, Jinwoo Cheon 


By pairing a paramagnetic enhancer with a superparamagnetic quencher, their distance-dependent interaction can be applied to image biological processes using MRI.

Endocytic reawakening of motility in jammed epithelia 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-30

Chiara Malinverno, Salvatore Corallino, Fabio Giavazzi, Martin Bergert, Qingsen Li, Marco Leoni, Andrea Disanza, Emanuela Frittoli, Amanda Oldani, Emanuele Martini, Tobias Lendenmann, Gianluca Deflorian, Galina V. Beznoussenko, Dimos Poulikakos, Kok Haur Ong, Marina Uroz, Xavier Trepat, Dario Parazzoli, Paolo Maiuri, Weimiao Yu, Aldo Ferrari, Roberto Cerbino, Giorgio Scita 


Increased cellular expression of RAB5A, an important regulator of endocytic processes, brings epithelial cells from a jammed state to coordinated motion, and can facilitate wound closure, gastrulation and migration in constrained environments.

Corrigendum: Real-space imaging of interfacial water with submolecular resolution 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-25

Jing Guo, Xiangzhi Meng, Ji Chen, Jinbo Peng, Jiming Sheng, Xin-Zheng Li, Limei Xu, Jun-Ren Shi, Enge Wang, Ying Jiang 


Corrigendum: Real-space imaging of interfacial water with submolecular resolution

Supercapacitors: Porous materials get energized 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-25

Alexandru Vlad, Andrea Balducci 


By making use of a semiconducting metal–organic graphene analogue, researchers propose a new generation of supercapacitors with potential as tunable molecular materials for energy.

X-ray imaging: Reaching the third dimension 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-25

Ian Robinson, Xiaojing Huang 


X-ray imaging in three dimensions is now possible from a set of 2D coherent Bragg diffraction patterns. This approach overcomes the necessity of having to rotate the sample for a 3D reconstruction.

Material Witness: Old gold — or new? 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-25

Philip Ball 


Material Witness: Old gold — or new?

Superconductivity: Controlling magnetism 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-25

Alexander A. Golubov, Mikhail Yu. Kupriyanov 


Manipulation of the magnetic state in spin valve structures by superconductivity has now been achieved, opening a new route for the development of ultra-fast cryogenic memories.

As thin as it gets 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-25

 


As the family of 2D materials expands to include transition metal dichalcogenides and Xenes, novel fundamental properties and applications come to light.

Materials for next-generation molecularly selective synthetic membranes 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-23

William J. Koros, Chen Zhang 


Liquid and gas purification using membrane materials permits a wide range of critical industrial processes, and here it is discussed how they might achieve molecular selectivity.

Three-dimensional imaging of dislocation dynamics during the hydriding phase transformation 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-16

A. Ulvestad, M. J. Welland, W. Cha, Y. Liu, J. W. Kim, R. Harder, E. Maxey, J. N. Clark, M. J. Highland, H. You, P. Zapol, S. O. Hruszkewycz, G. B. Stephenson 


Coherent diffractive imaging during hydriding of palladium nanocrystals reveals that phase nucleation begins after dislocation nucleation at the phase boundary for large particles. The hydrogen-rich phase resembles a spherical cap.

A charge density wave-like instability in a doped spin–orbit-assisted weak Mott insulator 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-16

H. Chu, L. Zhao, A. de la Torre, T. Hogan, S. D. Wilson, D. Hsieh 


TSr3Ir2O7 is shown to realize a weak Mott state with no cuprate analogue and to exhibit, when electron doped, a charge density wave-like Fermi surface instability with unconventional and possibly short-ranged nature.

Buckled two-dimensional Xene sheets 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-16

Alessandro Molle, Joshua Goldberger, Michel Houssa, Yong Xu, Shou-Cheng Zhang, Deji Akinwande 


The current state-of-the-art and possible future developments on two-dimensional silicene, germanene, and stanene sheets (called 2D-Xenes), and their ligand-functionalized derivatives (Xanes), are discussed.

Two-dimensional assemblies from crystallizable homopolymers with charged termini 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-09

Xiaoming He, Ming-Siao Hsiao, Charlotte E. Boott, Robert L. Harniman, Ali Nazemi, Xiaoyu Li, Mitchell A. Winnik, Ian Manners 


Uniform, hierarchical 2D nanostructures with controlled shapes can be prepared from homopolymers with charged end-groups using a crystallization-driven assembly process.

Modelling heterogeneous interfaces for solar water splitting 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2017-01-09

Tuan Anh Pham, Yuan Ping, Giulia Galli 


Hydrogen generation from water and sunlight offers a promising way to produce carbon-free energy. Recent progress in predicting properties of heterogeneous interfaces for solar water splitting using first-principles approaches is now reviewed.

Hybrid metal–organic chalcogenide nanowires with electrically conductive inorganic core through diamondoid-directed assembly 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-26

Hao Yan, J. Nathan Hohman, Fei Hua Li, Chunjing Jia, Diego Solis-Ibarra, Bin Wu, Jeremy E. P. Dahl, Robert M. K. Carlson, Boryslav A. Tkachenko, Andrey A. Fokin, Peter R. Schreiner, Arturas Vailionis, Taeho Roy Kim, Thomas P. Devereaux, Zhi-Xun Shen, Nicholas A. Melosh 


The use of diamondoids as structure-directing agents allows the synthesis of metal–organic chalcogenide nanowires with an inorganic core having a three-atom cross-section and band-like conductivity.

Designer vaccine nanodiscs for personalized cancer immunotherapy 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-26

Rui Kuai, Lukasz J. Ochyl, Keith S. Bahjat, Anna Schwendeman, James J. Moon 


High-density lipoprotein nanodiscs loaded with immunostimulatory biomolecules can target draining lymph nodes for cancer vaccination.

Retraction: Framing upconversion materials 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Yoan C. Simon, Christoph Weder 


Retraction: Framing upconversion materials

Retraction: Fast and long-range triplet exciton diffusion in metal-organic frameworks for photon upconversion at ultralow excitation power 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Prasenjit Mahato, Angelo Monguzzi, Nobuhiro Yanai, Teppei Yamada, Nobuo Kimizuka 


Retraction: Fast and long-range triplet exciton diffusion in metal-organic frameworks for photon upconversion at ultralow excitation power

Materials for solar fuels and chemicals 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Joseph H. Montoya, Linsey C. Seitz, Pongkarn Chakthranont, Aleksandra Vojvodic, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Jens K. Nørskov 


Converting sunlight into fuels is attractive for energy storage and photoelectrocatalytic technologies. Scientific challenges related to developing suitable photoabsorbers, efficient catalysts and understanding their interfaces are now reviewed.

Energy and fuels from electrochemical interfaces 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Vojislav R. Stamenkovic, Dusan Strmcnik, Pietro P. Lopes, Nenad M. Markovic 


Advances in electrocatalysis at interfaces are vital for driving technological innovations related to energy. New materials developments for efficient hydrogen and oxygen production in electrolysers and in fuel cells are described.

Sustainability and in situ monitoring in battery development 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

C. P. Grey, J. M. Tarascon 


Significant progress in battery technology is crucial to ensure a transition towards a carbon-neutral society. Recent advances in both sustainability and operando techniques together with remaining challenges and possible solutions are now reviewed.

Photovoltaic concepts inspired by coherence effects in photosynthetic systems 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Jean-Luc Brédas, Edward H. Sargent, Gregory D. Scholes 


Lessons learned from coherent phenomena in biological photosynthetic systems may be useful to improve energy- and charge-transport in disordered materials. This Review describes coherence and its potential beneficial effects in photovoltaics.

Energy conversion approaches and materials for high-efficiency photovoltaics 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Martin A. Green, Stephen P. Bremner 


This Review describes the sunlight conversion strategies — and their technological implementations — that are currently being investigated to realize solar cells with efficiencies beyond the Shockley–Queisser limit.

The path towards sustainable energy 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Steven Chu, Yi Cui, Nian Liu 


This Perspective provides an overview of the contributions of materials science to a sustainable energy future, and discusses possible regulatory paths to support this transition.

Materials for sustainable energy 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Vincent Dusastre, Luigi Martiradonna 


Materials for sustainable energy

Metasurface lens: Shrinking the camera size 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Cheng Sun 


A miniaturized camera has been developed by integrating a planar metasurface lens doublet with a CMOS image sensor. The metasurface lens doublet corrects the monochromatic aberration and thus delivers nearly diffraction-limited image quality over a wide field of view.

Thermal transport: Harmony with superatoms 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Longji Cui, Edgar Meyhofer, Pramod Reddy 


The thermal conductivities of superatom crystals have significant contributions from extended phonon states and show a remarkable temperature dependence due to orientational ordering.

Elastic sheets: Cracks by design 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Ken Kamrin 


Stretching elastic membranes over curved substrates can be used to guide and control crack paths.

Porous catalysts: The platinum rush 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Krijn P. de Jong, Jovana Zečević 


Ultra-stable and catalytic platinum atoms and clusters have been obtained by entrapment within a zeolite framework during its formation.

Material Witness: A recipe for growth 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Philip Ball 


Material Witness: A recipe for growth

Perovskite photovoltaics: Slow recombination unveiled 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Jacques-E. Moser 


One of the most salient features of hybrid lead halide perovskites is the extended lifetime of their photogenerated charge carriers. This property has now been shown experimentally to originate from a slow, thermally activated recombination process.

Topological insulators: Engineered heterostructures 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

Thorsten Hesjedal, Yulin Chen 


The combination of topological properties and magnetic order can lead to new quantum states and exotic physical phenomena. In particular, the coupling between topological insulators and antiferromagnets enables magnetic and electronic structural engineering.

Dealing with data 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-20

 


Nature Materials now requests that all original research articles contain a Data Availability Statement declaring the accessibility of the data and where it can be found.

Dynamic restructuring drives catalytic activity on nanoporous gold–silver alloy catalysts 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-19

Branko Zugic, Lucun Wang, Christian Heine, Dmitri N. Zakharov, Barbara A. J. Lechner, Eric A. Stach, Juergen Biener, Miquel Salmeron, Robert J. Madix, Cynthia M. Friend 


Dynamic restructuring behaviour and composition changes in bimetallic and nanoporous gold–silver alloys correlate to catalytic activity.

Negating interfacial impedance in garnet-based solid-state Li metal batteries 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-19

Xiaogang Han, Yunhui Gong, Kun (Kelvin) Fu, Xingfeng He, Gregory T. Hitz, Jiaqi Dai, Alex Pearse, Boyang Liu, Howard Wang, Gary Rubloff, Yifei Mo, Venkataraman Thangadurai, Eric D. Wachsman, Liangbing Hu 


Garnet-type electrolytes are attractive for lithium metal batteries due to their high ionic conductivity. A strategy to decrease interfacial impedance between a lithium metal anode and garnet electrolyte is found promising for all-solid-state batteries.

Static three-dimensional topological solitons in fluid chiral ferromagnets and colloids 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-19

Paul J. Ackerman, Ivan I. Smalyukh 


Three-dimensional topological solitons are realized in a fluid chiral ferromagnet formed by colloidal dispersions of magnetic nanoplates.

Selective nitrogen capture by porous hybrid materials containing accessible transition metal ion sites 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-19

Ji Woong Yoon, Hyunju Chang, Seung-Joon Lee, Young Kyu Hwang, Do-Young Hong, Su-Kyung Lee, Ji Sun Lee, Seunghun Jang, Tae-Ung Yoon, Kijeong Kwac, Yousung Jung, Renjith S. Pillai, Florian Faucher, Alexandre Vimont, Marco Daturi, Gérard Férey, Christian Serre, Guillaume Maurin, Youn-Sang Bae, Jong-San Chang 


Mesoporous metal–organic frameworks containing unsaturated Cr(III) sites are able to thermodynamically and selectively capture nitrogen from mixtures with oxygen and methane.

Temporal mapping of photochemical reactions and molecular excited states with carbon specificity 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-12

K. Wang, P. Murahari, K. Yokoyama, J. S. Lord, F. L. Pratt, J. He, L. Schulz, M. Willis, J. E. Anthony, N. A. Morley, L. Nuccio, A. Misquitta, D. J. Dunstan, K. Shimomura, I. Watanabe, S. Zhang, P. Heathcote, A. J. Drew 


Laser-excited muon pump–probe spin spectroscopy and analysis of avoided level crossing resonances are used to probe the time evolution of the chemical reactivity of individual carbon atoms in TIPS-pentacene after light excitation.

High operational and environmental stability of high-mobility conjugated polymer field-effect transistors through the use of molecular additives 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-12

Mark Nikolka, Iyad Nasrallah, Bradley Rose, Mahesh Kumar Ravva, Katharina Broch, Aditya Sadhanala, David Harkin, Jerome Charmet, Michael Hurhangee, Adam Brown, Steffen Illig, Patrick Too, Jan Jongman, Iain McCulloch, Jean-Luc Bredas, Henning Sirringhaus 


Small molecular additives incorporated into films of conjugate polymers are shown to fill the voids present in the polymer network. As a result, the stability of organic transistors based on these materials is significantly improved.

Engineering dissipation with phononic spectral hole burning 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-12

R. O. Behunin, P. Kharel, W. H. Renninger, P. T. Rakich 


Acoustically opaque glass can regain its transparency through coherently driven fields. Combining experiments and theory, the phononic saturation process is presented as analogous to the spectral hole burning process.

Self-organized amniogenesis by human pluripotent stem cells in a biomimetic implantation-like niche 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-12

Yue Shao, Kenichiro Taniguchi, Katherine Gurdziel, Ryan F. Townshend, Xufeng Xue, Koh Meng Aw Yong, Jianming Sang, Jason R. Spence, Deborah L. Gumucio, Jianping Fu 


The control of biophysical cues during the culture of human pluripotent stem cells on biomaterial substrates can be used to replicate the in vivo amniogenic environment and direct in vitro generation of early human amniotic tissue.

Topologically protected bound states in photonic parity–time-symmetric crystals 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-05

S. Weimann, M. Kremer, Y. Plotnik, Y. Lumer, S. Nolte, K. G. Makris, M. Segev, M. C. Rechtsman, A. Szameit 


Topologically protected bound states in parity–time-symmetric non-Hermitian photonic lattices are theoretically predicted and experimentally demonstrated.

Solution-based electrical doping of semiconducting polymer films over a limited depth 

Nature Mater. ( IF 38.891 ) 2016-12-05

Vladimir A. Kolesov, Canek Fuentes-Hernandez, Wen-Fang Chou, Naoya Aizawa, Felipe A. Larrain, Ming Wang, Alberto Perrotta, Sangmoo Choi, Samuel Graham, Guillermo C. Bazan, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Seth R. Marder, Bernard Kippelen 


A solution process for the diffusion of dopants in organic semiconducting films over a limited depth has been developed. The method is applied to single polymers and donor–acceptor mixtures, and for the realization of single-layer solar cells.

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