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Latest Research

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    Time-resolved ultrafast spectroscopy is combined with stimulated emission depletion microscopy to observe exciton migration in conjugated polymer films with nanometre and picosecond resolution.

    • Samuel B. Penwell
    • , Lucas D. S. Ginsberg
    • , Rodrigo Noriega
    •  & Naomi S. Ginsberg
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    Imaging of ferroelectric domain walls and their polarity is achieved through scanning stress microscopy. Twin boundaries are found to allow nanoscale gating of the two-dimensional electron gas at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface.

    • Yiftach Frenkel
    • , Noam Haham
    • , Yishai Shperber
    • , Christopher Bell
    • , Yanwu Xie
    • , Zhuoyu Chen
    • , Yasuyuki Hikita
    • , Harold Y. Hwang
    • , Ekhard K. H. Salje
    •  & Beena Kalisky
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    The structure of ionic liquids under confinement is not well understood and hinders their widespread use for applications. Convincing evidence of partial breaking of Coulombic ordering of ions confined in subnanometre carbon pores is now provided.

    • Ryusuke Futamura
    • , Taku Iiyama
    • , Yuma Takasaki
    • , Yury Gogotsi
    • , Mark J. Biggs
    • , Mathieu Salanne
    • , Julie Ségalini
    • , Patrice Simon
    •  & Katsumi Kaneko
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    Compared to monovalent lithium or sodium ions, the reversible insertion of multivalent ions into battery electrodes has proved challenging. An aliovalent doping strategy involving reversible Mg2+ and Al3+ insertion in anatase TiO2 is now reported.

    • Toshinari Koketsu
    • , Jiwei Ma
    • , Benjamin J. Morgan
    • , Monique Body
    • , Christophe Legein
    • , Walid Dachraoui
    • , Mattia Giannini
    • , Arnaud Demortière
    • , Mathieu Salanne
    • , François Dardoize
    • , Henri Groult
    • , Olaf J. Borkiewicz
    • , Karena W. Chapman
    • , Peter Strasser
    •  & Damien Dambournet
  • Article |

    Designing fully tunable metamaterials for applications ranging from sensors to superlenses remains a challenge. A reversible electrotuneable liquid mirror based on voltage-controlled self-assembly/disassembly plasmonic nanoparticles is now reported.

    • Yunuen Montelongo
    • , Debabrata Sikdar
    • , Ye Ma
    • , Alastair J. S. McIntosh
    • , Leonora Velleman
    • , Anthony R. Kucernak
    • , Joshua B. Edel
    •  & Alexei A. Kornyshev

News & Comment

  • News and Views |

    DNA origami nanostructures were utilized to replicate a seed pattern that resulted in the growth of populations of nanostructures. Exponential growth could be controlled by environmental conditions depending on the preferential requirements of each population.

    • Friedrich C. Simmel
  • News and Views |

    Quantitative analysis of colliding cell monolayers reveals surprising wave phenomena involving contractility, jamming and activation of epithelial cells.

    • Ulrich S. Schwarz
    •  & Falko Ziebert
  • News and Views |

    High-mobility molecular crystals can be identified by considering only the sign and relative magnitude of the electronic coupling between neighbouring molecules. A map helps to explain experimental mobilities and to design promising materials.

    • Jenny Nelson
  • Commentary |

    The properties of semiconducting solids are determined by the imperfections they contain. Established physical phenomena can be converted into practical design principles for optimizing defects and doping in a broad range of technology-enabling materials.

    • Aron Walsh
    •  & Alex Zunger
  • News and Views |

    A study demonstrates that controlled integrin binding on a biomaterial was capable of promoting vascular cell sprouting and formation of a non-leaky blood vessel network in a healthy and diseased state.

    • Michael R. Blatchley
    •  & Sharon Gerecht
  • News and Views |

    A pure electrical generation of magnetization through electrons' valley magnetic moment has been observed in a strained two-dimensional semiconductor.

    • Hongyi Yu
    •  & Wang Yao

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