Photomontage of inspiring women engineers

Inspiring engineers

  • Alessandro Rizzo
  • Damien Querlioz
  • Liangfei Tian


  • National University of Ireland, Galway

    We are delighted to be sponsoring two Young Researcher Awards at the European Solid Mechanics Conference in Galway, Ireland next week. Chief Editor Ros Daw will be at the conference and happy to discuss your research.

  • SEM of mechanical metamaterial with artistic rendering overlay.

    Editors from journals across the Nature Portfolio are delighted to present this collection of research and reviews published over the past two years on the science and technology of mechanical metamaterials. Publications from the Nature journals are free to access for the month of July, 2022.

  • a robotic shoulder with flexible bioreactor

    A Nature Video accompanies the article in Communications Engineering from Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and colleagues on the use of humanoid robots with soft bioreactors to mechanically stress cells.


  • Anastasia Koivikko and colleagues report pneumatic strain gauges integrated into a soft robotic gripper which can recognize objects and close autonomously. The approach enables entirely fluidic robotic systems with no need for electrical or optical sensors.

    • Anastasia Koivikko
    • Vilma Lampinen
    • Veikko Sariola
    Article Open Access
  • Murray and colleagues report strain distributions in Si/SiGe nanosheet heterostructures using synchrotron x-ray nanodiffraction techniques. The observations and underlying mechanisms provide insights for future nanodevice design and performance prediction.

    • Conal E. Murray
    • Hanfei Yan
    • Nicolas Loubet
    Article Open Access
  • Hari Vishnu and colleagues use signal processing that exploits sparsity information to visualise dolphin echolocation signals during object interrogation. The approach is then combined with transmission of dolphin-like click signals towards a compact acoustic imaging tool.

    • Hari Vishnu
    • Matthias Hoffmann-Kuhnt
    • Eszter Matrai
    Article Open Access
  • Space is becoming congested. To manage satellite traffic, Nils Bartels and colleagues introduce and test the feasibility of polarization-modulated satellite laser ranging. This concept could enable precise orbit determination and rapid satellite identification.

    • Nils Bartels
    • Paul Allenspacher
    • Wolfgang Riede
    Article Open Access
    • On International Women in Engineering Day, members of our editorial board highlight individuals who have inspired them during their research careers.

      • Alessandro Rizzo
      • Damien Querlioz
      • Liangfei Tian
      Viewpoint Open Access
    • Space bioprocess engineering integrates synthetic biology and bioprocess engineering with the specific goal to support human life in long term space missions. In this Perspective, Berliner and colleagues describe a pathway towards the development and implementation of space bioprocessing technologies of the future.

      • Aaron J. Berliner
      • Isaac Lipsky
      • Adam P. Arkin
      Perspective Open Access
  • A chemical strategy to separate troublesome americium from lanthanides could help reduce the radiological hazards of spent nuclear fuel and create opportunities for waste re-processing.

    • Mengying Su
    Research Highlight Open Access
  • Findings from a recent publication in Energy and Buildings show that “net-zero energy” renovations can lead to net-positive energy buildings. But the results also raise concerns for the energy grid and overheating in the summer. The analysis of energy consumption of residential buildings give insight into future performance of a Dutch neighborhood’s deep energy-saving refurbishments.

    • Miranda L. Vinay
    Research Highlight Open Access
  • Today we proudly launch Communications Engineering, a selective multidisciplinary journal which brings together the entire engineering community.

    Editorial Open Access
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Mechanical Metamaterials

Editors from journals across the Nature Portfolio are delighted to present this collection of research and reviews published over the past two years on the science and technology of mechanical metamaterials