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The power of the tiniest shoot p833


The publication of a white paper on nanoscience in China sets the scene for the country's future in the field.



A cautionary note on graphene anti-corrosion coatings pp834 - 835

Chenlong Cui, Alane Tarianna O. Lim & Jiaxing Huang


Despite graphene's apparent potential for anti-corrosion coatings, it is cathodic to most metals and can promote corrosion at exposed graphene–metal interfaces. This may accelerate dangerous localized corrosion that can seriously weaken the coated metals.


Research Highlights

Our choice from the recent literature p836



News and Views

2D materials: Brightening the dark excitons pp837 - 838

Kian Ping Loh


Two independent methods using near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons and magnetic brightening allow the observation of dark excitons in WSe2.

See also: Article by Zhang et al. | Letter by Zhou et al.

Nanolasing: Multimode superlattice arrays pp838 - 839

Päivi Törmä


A superlattice of gold nanoparticles shows stable lasing at different frequencies.

Wearable electronics: Nanomesh on-skin electronics pp839 - 840

John A. Rogers


Hollow, nanoscale metal filaments in open-mesh architectures provide soft, shape-conformal electrical interfaces to the skin as the basis for high-precision, irritation-free sensing platforms.

See also: Article by Miyamoto et al.

Cancer Immunotherapy: From local to global pp840 - 841

Willem J. M. Mulder & Sacha Gnjatic


Nanoparticles that capture antigens produced in situ by tumours induce the 'abscopal' effect, improving the treatment of distant cancer lesions.

DNA computing: Spatially localized DNA domino pp842 - 843

André Estevez-Torres & Yannick Rondelez


Fast and scalable molecular logic circuits have been constructed by spatially localizing DNA hairpins on DNA origami scaffolds.

See also: Article by Chatterjee et al.



Multiscale technologies for treatment of ischemic cardiomyopathy pp845 - 855

Morteza Mahmoudi, Mikyung Yu, Vahid Serpooshan, Joseph C. Wu, Robert Langer, Richard T. Lee, Jeffrey M. Karp & Omid C. Farokhzad


This review covers recent advances in nanoparticle and nanoscaffolding systems for the treatment of ischemic cardiomyopathy with emphasis on regenerative medicine, cell therapy and drug delivery technologies.



Probing dark excitons in atomically thin semiconductors via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons pp856 - 860

You Zhou, Giovanni Scuri, Dominik S. Wild, Alexander A. High, Alan Dibos, Luis A. Jauregui, Chi Shu, Kristiaan De Greve, Kateryna Pistunova, Andrew Y. Joe, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Philip Kim, Mikhail D. Lukin & Hongkun Park


Near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons enables the observation of spin-forbidden dark excitonic states in monolayer WSe2.

See also: News and Views by Loh

High-speed logic integrated circuits with solution-processed self-assembled carbon nanotubes pp861 - 865

Shu-Jen Han, Jianshi Tang, Bharat Kumar, Abram Falk, Damon Farmer, George Tulevski, Keith Jenkins, Ali Afzali, Satoshi Oida, John Ott, James Hannon & Wilfried Haensch


High-performance, CMOS-compatible ring-oscillators based on carbon nanotubes are fabricated by scalable and fully manufacturable processes.

Electrical tuning of a quantum plasmonic resonance pp866 - 870

Xiaoge Liu, Ju-Hyung Kang, Hongtao Yuan, Junghyun Park, Soo Jin Kim, Yi Cui, Harold Y. Hwang & Mark L. Brongersma


A blue shift in the surface plasmon resonance of an indium tin oxide layer is observed—and electrically tuned—where a classical description would predict a red shift.

Photo-excited hot carrier dynamics in hydrogenated amorphous silicon imaged by 4D electron microscopy pp871 - 876

Bolin Liao, Ebrahim Najafi, Heng Li, Austin J. Minnich & Ahmed H. Zewail


Scanning ultrafast electron microscopy provides new insights into hot carrier dynamics in amorphous semiconductors.

Antigen-capturing nanoparticles improve the abscopal effect and cancer immunotherapy pp877 - 882

Yuanzeng Min, Kyle C. Roche, Shaomin Tian, Michael J. Eblan, Karen P. McKinnon, Joseph M. Caster, Shengjie Chai, Laura E. Herring, Longzhen Zhang, Tian Zhang, Joseph M. DeSimone, Joel E. Tepper, Benjamin G. Vincent, Jonathan S. Serody & Andrew Z. Wang


Nanoparticles can be utilized to capture tumour antigens and improve their presentation, which in turn improves the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy.



Magnetic brightening and control of dark excitons in monolayer WSe2 pp883 - 888

Xiao-Xiao Zhang, Ting Cao, Zhengguang Lu, Yu-Chuan Lin, Fan Zhang, Ying Wang, Zhiqiang Li, James C. Hone, Joshua A. Robinson, Dmitry Smirnov, Steven G. Louie & Tony F. Heinz


Magnetic brightening enables direct observation of spin-forbidden dark excitons in a monolayer WSe2.

See also: News and Views by Loh

Band-edge engineering for controlled multi-modal nanolasing in plasmonic superlattices pp889 - 894

Danqing Wang, Ankun Yang, Weijia Wang, Yi Hua, Richard D. Schaller, George C. Schatz & Teri W. Odom


Arrays of nanoparticles grouped into microscale arrays support multiple nanolasing modes that can be tailored by changing the geometry of the superlattice.

Ultrafast lithium diffusion in bilayer graphene pp895 - 900

Matthias Kühne, Federico Paolucci, Jelena Popovic, Pavel M. Ostrovsky, Joachim Maier & Jurgen H. Smet


Time-dependent Hall measurements show lithium ions diffuse faster inside bilayer graphene than in graphite by an order of magnitude.

Two-dimensional non-volatile programmable p–n junctions pp901 - 906

Dong Li, Mingyuan Chen, Zhengzong Sun, Peng Yu, Zheng Liu, Pulickel M. Ajayan & Zengxing Zhang


Stable, nonvolatile, programmable 2D p–n junctions enable realization of high-performance memories, photovoltaics, logic rectifiers and logic optoelectronic circuits.

Inflammation-free, gas-permeable, lightweight, stretchable on-skin electronics with nanomeshes pp907 - 913

Akihito Miyamoto, Sungwon Lee, Nawalage Florence Cooray, Sunghoon Lee, Mami Mori, Naoji Matsuhisa, Hanbit Jin, Leona Yoda, Tomoyuki Yokota, Akira Itoh, Masaki Sekino, Hiroshi Kawasaki, Tamotsu Ebihara, Masayuki Amagai & Takao Someya


Breathable and stretchable fibrous mesh electrical interconnects directly attached to human skin can serve as components of on-skin sensors.

See also: News and Views by Rogers

Monitoring the orientation of rare-earth-doped nanorods for flow shear tomography pp914 - 919

Jongwook Kim, Sébastien Michelin, Michiel Hilbers, Lucio Martinelli, Elodie Chaudan, Gabriel Amselem, Etienne Fradet, Jean-Pierre Boilot, Albert M. Brouwer, Charles N. Baroud, Jacques Peretti & Thierry Gacoin


Polarized photoluminescence spectra of europium-doped nanorods can be used to measure the local shear rate profile of a liquid in microfluidic channels.

A spatially localized architecture for fast and modular DNA computing pp920 - 927

Gourab Chatterjee, Neil Dalchau, Richard A. Muscat, Andrew Phillips & Georg Seelig


Fast and scalable molecular logic circuits can be created through the spatial organization of DNA hairpins on DNA origami scaffolds.

See also: News and Views by Estevez-Torres & Rondelez


In The Classroom

Enter the Nanoman p928

Nicole Steinmetz


How do you explain a topic like cancer nanotechnology to non-experts? Nicole Steinmetz illustrates an approach combining science and the performing arts.


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