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Research Highlights

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News and Views

Nanoengineering: Super symmetry in cell division pp655 - 656

Kerwyn Casey Huang


Bacterial cells can be sculpted into different shapes using nanofabricated chambers and then used to explore the spatial adaptation of protein oscillations that play an important role in cell division.

See also: Article by Wu et al.

Biological machines: Molecular motor teamwork pp656 - 657

Edward P. Debold


Synthetic muscles built from DNA nanotube scaffolds can be used to study how myosin motors work together to make real muscles function.

See also: Letter by Hariadi et al.

Nanofluidics: Phonon modes for faster flow pp657 - 658

Lydéric Bocquet & Roland R. Netz


Molecular dynamics simulations show that the flow of water through carbon nanotubes can be enhanced by exciting the phonon modes of the nanotube.

See also: Letter by Ma et al.

Nanomechanics: Full recovery takes time pp659 - 660

Daniel S. Gianola & Jungho Shin


On bending, nanowires display anelastic behaviour, recovering their initial shape over time and efficiently dissipating mechanical energy in the process.

See also: Letter by Cheng et al.



Correction p660


Correction p660




Strain-induced coupling of electrical polarization and structural defects in SrMnO3 films pp661 - 665

Carsten Becher, Laura Maurel, Ulrich Aschauer, Martin Lilienblum, César Magén, Dennis Meier, Eric Langenberg, Morgan Trassin, Javier Blasco, Ingo P. Krug, Pedro A. Algarabel, Nicola A. Spaldin, José A. Pardo & Manfred Fiebig


An array of nanoscale polar domains with varying conductance and that are electrically insulated by domain walls can be induced by the interplay of strain and defects in oxide thin films.

Electrical detection of coherent spin precession using the ballistic intrinsic spin Hall effect pp666 - 670

Won Young Choi, Hyung-jun Kim, Joonyeon Chang, Suk Hee Han, Hyun Cheol Koo & Mark Johnson


An indium arsenide quantum well with a ferromagnetic spin injector and a spin Hall detector is used to electrically measure the conductance oscillations due to spin precession in a transistor channel.

Room-temperature single-photon generation from solitary dopants of carbon nanotubes pp671 - 675

Xuedan Ma, Nicolai F. Hartmann, Jon K. S. Baldwin, Stephen K. Doorn & Han Htoon


The incorporation of carbon nanotubes in a silica matrix produces oxygen dopant states that can emit single photons at room temperature and at wavelengths relevant for applications in telecommunications.

Bright visible light emission from graphene pp676 - 681

Young Duck Kim, Hakseong Kim, Yujin Cho, Ji Hoon Ryoo, Cheol-Hwan Park, Pilkwang Kim, Yong Seung Kim, Sunwoo Lee, Yilei Li, Seung-Nam Park, Yong Shim Yoo, Duhee Yoon, Vincent E. Dorgan, Eric Pop, Tony F. Heinz, James Hone, Seung-Hyun Chun, Hyeonsik Cheong, Sang Wook Lee, Myung-Ho Bae & Yun Daniel Park


Electrically biased suspended graphene devices show an intense electroluminescence in the visible range with a tunable emission spectrum.

Graphene on hexagonal boron nitride as a tunable hyperbolic metamaterial pp682 - 686

S. Dai, Q. Ma, M. K. Liu, T. Andersen, Z. Fei, M. D. Goldflam, M. Wagner, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, M. Thiemens, F. Keilmann, G. C. A. M. Janssen, S-E. Zhu, P. Jarillo-Herrero, M. M. Fogler & D. N. Basov


The amplitude and wavelength of hyperbolic phonon polaritons in hexagonal boron nitride can be tuned using a monolayer graphene gate.

Large anelasticity and associated energy dissipation in single-crystalline nanowires pp687 - 691

Guangming Cheng, Chunyang Miao, Qingquan Qin, Jing Li, Feng Xu, Hamed Haftbaradaran, Elizabeth C. Dickey, Huajian Gao & Yong Zhu


Crystalline nanowires with point defects show large anelastic behaviour, leading to efficient mechanical energy dissipation.

See also: News and Views by Gianola & Shin

Water transport inside carbon nanotubes mediated by phonon-induced oscillating friction pp692 - 695

Ming Ma, François Grey, Luming Shen, Michael Urbakh, Shuai Wu, Jefferson Zhe Liu, Yilun Liu & Quanshui Zheng


Molecular dynamics simulations of water molecules inside carbon nanotubes show a strong coupling between the flow of water and the phonon modes of nanotubes that enhance diffusion.

See also: News and Views by Bocquet & Netz

Mechanical coordination in motor ensembles revealed using engineered artificial myosin filaments pp696 - 700

R. F. Hariadi, R. F. Sommese, A. S. Adhikari, R. E. Taylor, S. Sutton, J. A. Spudich & S. Sivaramakrishnan


DNA nanotube scaffolds allow artificial myosin filaments to be engineered that can be used to probe the mechanical coordination of myosin motor ensembles.

See also: News and Views by Debold



Spectral mapping of thermal conductivity through nanoscale ballistic transport pp701 - 706

Yongjie Hu, Lingping Zeng, Austin J. Minnich, Mildred S. Dresselhaus & Gang Chen


Ultrafast optical spectroscopy can be used to map the contribution of all phonon modes to the thermal conductivity in nanostructures.

Polarization-sensitive broadband photodetector using a black phosphorus vertical p–n junction pp707 - 713

Hongtao Yuan, Xiaoge Liu, Farzaneh Afshinmanesh, Wei Li, Gang Xu, Jie Sun, Biao Lian, Alberto G. Curto, Guojun Ye, Yasuyuki Hikita, Zhixun Shen, Shou-Cheng Zhang, Xianhui Chen, Mark Brongersma, Harold Y. Hwang & Yi Cui


The anisotropic optical properties of black phosphorus can be exploited to fabricate photodetectors with linear dichroism operating over a broad spectral range.

Frictional transition from superlubric islands to pinned monolayers pp714 - 718

Matteo Pierno, Lorenzo Bruschi, Giampaolo Mistura, Guido Paolicelli, Alessandro di Bona, Sergio Valeri, Roberto Guerra, Andrea Vanossi & Erio Tosatti


Experiments and theory show how superlubricity can emerge in large flakes sliding on a surface when the lattices of the flake and the surface are incommensurate.

Symmetry and scale orient Min protein patterns in shaped bacterial sculptures pp719 - 726

Fabai Wu, Bas G. C. van Schie, Juan E. Keymer & Cees Dekker


Using nanofabricated chambers, living bacterial cells can be 'sculpted' into defined shapes, such as squares and rectangles, which can be used to explore the spatial adaptation of Min protein oscillations, a Turing reaction–diffusion pattern that assists cell division.

See also: News and Views by Huang


In The Classroom

Self-assembly gets physical p728

Arthur J. Olson


Interacting with 3D-printed molecular models helps students to grasp insightful concepts on the kinetics and thermodynamics of molecular self-assembly, as Arthur J. Olson explains.


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