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  • Switching between liquid capture and release is important in handling various liquids. Here the authors present connected polyhedral frames that form a network of units that capture or release liquid that is readily switchable locally, dynamically and reversibly, thus functioning as a versatile fluidic processor.

    • Yiyuan Zhang
    • Zhandong Huang
    • Liqiu Wang
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The characterization of light irradiation for intensified flow reactors extends beyond the determination of photon fluxes, requiring the precise determination of optical path lengths. Here the authors introduce a systematic workflow that integrates radiometry, ray-tracing simulations and actinometry to obtain these system parameters.

    • Stefan D. A. Zondag
    • Jasper H. A. Schuurmans
    • Timothy Noël
  • Controllable and reversible transmembrane transport is a fundamental challenge in building synthetic cells. Here, interfacial energy-mediated bulk transport across artificial cell membranes is developed to mimic a rudimentary form of endocytosis- and exocytosis-like behaviors, facilitating the shuttling of biomolecules such as enzyme substrates, ions and nucleic acids.

    • Jia-Qi Tian
    • Mu-Yueh Chang
    • Nan-Nan Deng
  • Biomolecular condensates can contain multiple phases. The number of droplets of each phase and their location give the condensate a certain architecture. Here the authors present a method to create a range of transient architectures in biomolecular condensates, making the architecture or interfacial area controllable design variables in experiments.

    • Nadia A. Erkamp
    • Madelief A. M. Verwiel
    • Tuomas P. J. Knowles
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The adsorptive separation of olefin–paraffin mixtures requires the development of robust adsorbents with high selectivity and adsorption capacity. Here the authors develop a physiosorbent featuring surface sieving carbon skins several nanometers in thickness, with molecular-selective pores centered at 3.6 Å, for separation of C3H6 and C3H8 with high dynamic selectivity.

    • Li-Ping Guo
    • Ru-Shuai Liu
    • An-Hui Lu
  • Tandem CO2 electrolysis has demonstrated strong potential for transforming captured CO2 into multicarbon products, but more effort is needed in scaling these systems to commercial levels. The authors address this crucial need by elevating tandem CO2 electrolysis to the kilowatt scale, marking a significant step toward real-world implementation.

    • Bradie S. Crandall
    • Byung Hee Ko
    • Feng Jiao