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    Standard silicon CMOS technology can create thermoelectric micro-harvesters that could be used to power numerous IoT devices.

    • Albert Tarancón
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    An integrated co-processor chip based on a memristor crossbar array and complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) control circuitry can be used to implement neuromorphic and machine learning algorithms.

    • Alex Pappachen James
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    Surface plasmons propagating on conductive fabrics can be used to connect wearable sensors around the body, creating a secure and versatile body area network.

    • Mehmet Rasit Yuce
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    A read-out scheme inspired by dynamic random access memory could help deliver scalable quantum computers.

    • Fabio Sebastiano
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    With the help of algorithms for target tracking and removal of random body-movement noise, a radio-frequency sensor can track multiple people and monitor their individual vital signs in a real-world setting.

    • Changzhi Li
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    Clean and damage-free 2D transistors can be created with the help of transferred contacts made from hexagonal boron nitride with embedded metal.

    • Seongjun Park
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    Interface-induced asymmetric exchange coupling can create a chiral magnetic phase in a magnetic insulator at above room temperature.

    • Chun-Yeol You
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    A flexible phased array that has an areal mass density of only 0.1 g cm–2 could help deliver a new era of lightweight, portable and reconfigurable communication systems.

    • Dimitris E. Anagnostou
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    Electronic components and interconnects can be simultaneously synthesized and integrated through the phase-patterned growth of two-dimensional molybdenum ditelluride.

    • Wenzhuo Wu
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    A hybrid analogue–digital computing system based on memristive devices is capable of solving classic control problems with potentially a lower energy consumption and higher speed than fully digital systems.

    • Sam Green
    •  & James B. Aimone
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    Electronic skins that are able to restore their function when damaged in aquatic conditions could be used to create durable underwater soft robots.

    • Carmel Majidi
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    Reliable memristive devices in which switching is based solely on electronic effects can be created from amorphous silicon by doping with oxygen and nitrogen.

    • Ilia Valov
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    The compressive buckling of lithographically defined, two-dimensional patterns can create three-dimensional piezoelectric microsystems with a range of potential applications.

    • Ghazaleh Haghiashtiani
    •  & Michael C. McAlpine
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    A nanolithography technique that uses a heated scanning probe tip can precisely pattern metal electrodes on two-dimensional semiconductors, creating field-effect transistors with exceptional performance.

    • Qiyuan He
    •  & Hua Zhang
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    A wireless, low-power optoelectronic platform, which is based on micro-LEDs, can provide multimodal programmable control over optogenetic stimulation parameters.

    • Harbaljit S. Sohal
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    Body biasing and self-assembled molecular coatings enable 50-mV operation of ultra-small mechanical relays for low-power digital computing.

    • Núria Barniol
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    Integrating magnetoresistive random access memory with advanced fin field-effect transistor technology provides a route towards energy-efficient computing.

    • Arijit Raychowdhury
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    Magnetic-field sensors integrated on electronic skins can provide an artificial magnetoreception that relies only on geomagnetic fields.

    • Hadi Heidari
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    A flexible charge-coupled device can be used to create a sensor capable of measuring the pH of a person’s sweat with high sensitivity.

    • Yiran Yang
    •  & Wei Gao
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    A combination of spin–orbit and spin-transfer torques could be used to create a versatile magnetic random access memory.

    • Pedram Khalili Amiri
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    The physical fingerprinting of a memristor crossbar array can be used to prove whether a digital key stored in the array is securely destroyed.

    • Wenjie Xiong
    •  & Jakub Szefer
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    Guided self-assembly of block copolymers can generate the patterns required for the fabrication of advanced integrated circuits.

    • David Z. Pan
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    A scanning light probe can locally dope two-dimensional molybdenum ditelluride, allowing monolithically integrated circuits (ICs) to be quickly written on the material.

    • Shih-Hsien Yang
    •  & Yen-Fu Lin
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    Nitrogen–vacancy defects in diamond can be used to visualize electric fields in an operating semiconductor device.

    • Friedemann Reinhard
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    Through some unconventional approaches to improving transistor density and performance, the latest logic technology from Intel delivers 100 million transistors per square millimetre — and in the process, reaffirms Moore’s law.

    • Suman Datta
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    Spin–orbit torque can drive switching in a two-terminal magnetic memory device.

    • Guoqiang Yu
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    A memory cell design based on two memristors and one minimum-sized transistor can nullify parasitic currents, device-to-device variations and cycle-to-cycle variations in memristive crossbar arrays.

    • Dietmar Fey
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    Scalable electronic synapses fabricated using multilayer hexagonal boron nitride sheets can emulate both long- and short-term plasticity, with an ultralow standby power consumption of 1 fW.

    • Muhammad M. Hussain
    •  & Nazek El-Atab
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    A theoretical analysis of the dynamics of magnetic skyrmions and antiskyrmions shows that large current-induced spin–orbit torques can lead to nonlinear trochoidal motion, which results in a sharp drop in translational velocity.

    • Seonghoon Woo
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    A multifunctional stretchable electronic system, which can be used to monitor vital signs and build human–machine interfaces, can be created through the vertical stacking of highly integrated layers of soft electronics.

    • Dae-Hyeong Kim
    •  & Dong Chan Kim
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    Single-crystalline layered perovskite nanowires, which have a high resistance in their interior but a high photoconductivity at their edges, can be used to create sensitive photodetectors.

    • F. Pelayo García de Arquer
    •  & Edward H. Sargent
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    Spintronic devices capable of performing complementary logic operations can be created with the help of electric-field-controlled spin–orbit torque switching.

    • Kaiyou Wang
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    A memristor-based system can solve partial differential equations with better energy efficiency than methods based on conventional computers.

    • Cory Merkel
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    Microwave transitions in the rotational spectrum of carbonyl sulfide molecules provide a timing reference that can be used to develop chip-scale atomic clocks.

    • John Kitching
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    A heterostructure made from various two-dimensional materials can be used to build a device that functions as a diode, transistor, photodetector and non-volatile memory.

    • Yanqing Wu
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    Electron tunnelling through a two-dimensional magnetic insulator is assisted by magnon inelastic processes that provide spin-filtering.

    • Sergio O. Valenzuela
    •  & Stephan Roche
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    Topologically protected whirl-like magnetic textures are deterministically created and deleted using current pulses.

    • Karin Everschor-Sitte
    • , Jairo Sinova
    •  & Artem Abanov
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    An implantable strain and pressure sensor, which is made from biodegradable polymers, could be used to track the healing of tendons and then degrade after its useful lifetime.

    • Sung-Geun Choi
    •  & Seung-Kyun Kang
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    An approach to computing that is fast, low-power and precise can be created by combining an analogue in-memory processor with a conventional digital processor.

    • C. David Wright
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    A holography computing board that combines eight field-programmable gate arrays offers a scalable approach to generating holograms with a high frame rate.

    • Daping Chu
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    Direct-current-powered microwave amplifiers that approach the quantum noise limit can be created through the control of emission processes in a superconducting circuit.

    • Nicolas Bergeal