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In This Issue

This issue pv

doi:10.1038/nmat2001


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Editorial

All that matters p615

doi:10.1038/nmat2002

As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we remain committed to excellence in materials science. High-temperature superconductivity is our focus this month.


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Commentary

High Tc for the power grid pp617 - 619

Alexis P. Malozemoff

doi:10.1038/nmat1990

Numerous prototypes of electric power devices based on high-temperature superconductors have been successfully demonstrated. Materials research over the next decade will improve cost-performance and accelerate commercialization.


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Interviews

A fascination with oxides pp621 - 622

Interview with J. Georg Bednorz

doi:10.1038/nmat1997

Twenty years ago, J. Georg Bednorz shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with Karl Alexander Müller. Nature Materials asked him about the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity and its implication for science and technology.


To high Tc and beyond pp622 - 623

Interview with Paul Ching-Wu Chu

doi:10.1038/nmat1998

Paul Ching-Wu Chu has worked on superconductivity for most of his scientific career. He talked to Nature Materials about his past achievements and dreams for the future.


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Research Highlights

...and then the gecko ate the mosquito p624

doi:10.1038/nmat2000


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News and Views

Nanocrystals: Tiny seeds make a big difference pp625 - 626

Uri Banin

doi:10.1038/nmat1993

A seeded-growth approach provides shape-controlled bimetallic nanocrystals and opens the way for a rich selection of new nanoscale building blocks.


Organic electronics: Polymers manipulate cells pp626 - 627

David C. Martin

doi:10.1038/nmat1992

An emerging topic of research into conducting polymers revolves around their integration with living tissue. Using an organic electronic ion pump enables cell responses to be controlled, providing an intriguing avenue to further this area.


Surface wetting: Liquids shape up nicely pp627 - 628

Glen McHale

doi:10.1038/nmat1988

Decorating a surface with a forest of microposts can either make it repel water or cause it to be sucked into the spaces between posts. In the latter case, the shape of a liquid on the surface can be controlled using simple design principles.


Material witness: A wardrobe for Mars p629

Philip Ball

doi:10.1038/nmat1999


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Review

Materials science challenges for high-temperature superconducting wire pp631 - 642

S. R. Foltyn, L. Civale, J. L. MacManus-Driscoll, Q. X. Jia, B. Maiorov, H. Wang & M. Maley

doi:10.1038/nmat1989

Subject Categories: Electronic materials | Superconductors | Materials for energy


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Letters

Coherent orbital waves in the photo-induced insulator–metal dynamics of a magnetoresistive manganite pp643 - 647

D. Polli, M. Rini, S. Wall, R. W. Schoenlein, Y. Tomioka, Y. Tokura, G. Cerullo & A. Cavalleri

doi:10.1038/nmat1979

Subject Categories: Electronic materials | Magnetic materials


Transition-metal dimers and physical limits on magnetic anisotropy pp648 - 651

Tor O. Strandberg, Carlo M. Canali & Allan H. MacDonald

doi:10.1038/nmat1968

Subject Categories: Magnetic materials | Computation, modelling and theory


Detection of individual gas molecules adsorbed on graphene pp652 - 655

F. Schedin, A. K. Geim, S. V. Morozov, E. W. Hill, P. Blake, M. I. Katsnelson & K. S. Novoselov

doi:10.1038/nmat1967

Subject Categories: Electronic materials | Sensors and biosensors | Nanoscale materials


Elastic membranes of close-packed nanoparticle arrays pp656 - 660

Klara E. Mueggenburg, Xiao-Min Lin, Rodney H. Goldsmith & Heinrich M. Jaeger

doi:10.1038/nmat1965

Subject Categories: Colloids | Structural materials | Nanoscale materials


Imbibition by polygonal spreading on microdecorated surfaces pp661 - 664

Laurent Courbin, Etienne Denieul, Emilie Dressaire, Marcus Roper, Armand Ajdari & Howard A. Stone

doi:10.1038/nmat1978

Subject Category: Surface and thin films

See also: News and Views by McHale


High friction on a bubble mattress pp665 - 668

Audrey Steinberger, Cécile Cottin-Bizonne, Pascal Kleimann & Elisabeth Charlaix

doi:10.1038/nmat1962

Subject Categories: Surface and thin films | Computation, modelling and theory


Protective coatings on extensible biofibres pp669 - 672

Niels Holten-Andersen, Georg E. Fantner, Sophia Hohlbauch, J. Herbert Waite & Frank W. Zok

doi:10.1038/nmat1956

Subject Categories: Biological materials | Mechanical properties


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Articles

Electronic control of Ca2+ signalling in neuronal cells using an organic electronic ion pump pp673 - 679

Joakim Isaksson, Peter Kjäll, David Nilsson, Nathaniel Robinson, Magnus Berggren & Agneta Richter-Dahlfors

doi:10.1038/nmat1963

Subject Categories: Biomedical materials | Optical, photonic and optoelectronic materials

See also: News and Views by Martin


Charging and discharging of single conjugated-polymer nanoparticles pp680 - 685

Rodrigo E. Palacios, Fu-Ren F. Fan, John K. Grey, Jungdon Suk, Allen J. Bard & Paul F. Barbara

doi:10.1038/nmat1959

Subject Categories: Polymers | Optical, photonic and optoelectronic materials | Nanoscale materials | Characterisation and analytical techniques



Shaping binary metal nanocrystals through epitaxial seeded growth pp692 - 697

Susan E. Habas, Hyunjoo Lee, Velimir Radmilovic, Gabor A. Somorjai & Peidong Yang

doi:10.1038/nmat1957

Subject Categories: Colloids | Catalytic materials | Nanoscale materials

See also: News and Views by Banin


Six-fold-coordinated phosphorus by oxygen in AlPO4 quartz homeotype under high pressure pp698 - 702

Julio Pellicer-Porres, Antonino Marco Saitta, Alain Polian, Jean Paul Itié & Michael Hanfland

doi:10.1038/nmat1966

Subject Category: Geomaterials


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