Volume 1 Issue 4 April 2016

Volume 1 Issue 4

The mechanical performance of hard biological materials is not only governed by their composition and architecture but also by the interfaces they contain. This Review discusses the composition, structure and mechanics of key interfaces within nacre, bone and wood, and their role in deformation and toughness.

See Francois Barthelat et al. 1, 15018 (2016).

Sacha Cavelier

Research Highlights

Comments

  • Comment |

    Far-sighted research policies, comprehensive research platforms, talent programmes and huge domestic markets are the impetuses for the fast progress of China's research in materials science.

    • Liang-Sheng Liao
    •  & Shuit-Tong Lee

Reviews

  • Review Article |

    Iron-based superconductors display high transition temperatures. The physics behind the unconventional superconductivity of these systems can be investigated by taking into consideration the observed strong electronic correlations and bad-metal behaviour, the nature of their magnetic properties, and the presence of electronic nematicity and of quantum criticalities.

    • Qimiao Si
    • , Rong Yu
    •  & Elihu Abrahams
  • Review Article |

    Post-lithium-ion batteries are reviewed with a focus on their operating principles, advantages and the challenges that they face. The volumetric energy density of each battery is examined using a commercial pouch-cell configuration to evaluate its practical significance and identify appropriate research directions.

    • Jang Wook Choi
    •  & Doron Aurbach
  • Review Article |

    New catalysis materials are required for electrochemical reactions that are vital for clean energy production and environmental remediation. The use of nanostructured materials for improving catalytic reactivity is analysed in this Review in the context of model reactions of O2 reduction, CO2 electroreduction and ethanol oxidation.

    • Hemma Mistry
    • , Ana Sofia Varela
    • , Stefanie Kühl
    • , Peter Strasser
    •  & Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
  • Review Article |

    The mechanical performance of hard biological materials is not only governed by their composition and architecture but also by the interfaces they contain. This Review discusses the composition, structure and mechanics of key interfaces within nacre, bone and wood, and their role in deformation and toughness.

    • Francois Barthelat
    • , Zhen Yin
    •  & Markus J. Buehler