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Volume 8 Issue 6, June 2024

Inserting atoms, ions or molecules between the pristine molecular layers of a 2D material can have a remarkable effect on its properties. Such fine tuning can be exploited to optimize the properties of these materials for applications in thermoelectrics, catalysis, and energy storage. The intercalation process can be studied in real-time by in situ imaging and vibrational spectroscopy techniques. The cover image illustrates a typical intercalation process of foreign species moving into the gaps between a layered material. See Yang et al.

Cover Image: Ruijie Yang, Zhiyuan Zeng. Cover design: Carl Conway

Editorial

  • Following the success of our current journal club collaborations, we would like to encourage more groups of early-career researchers to get involved.

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  • Catherine Ngila, executive director of the African Foundation for Women and Youth in Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (AFoWYESTI), talks about her experience of academia and her hopes to promote diversity in STEM.

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    • Stephanie Greed
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Research Highlights

  • The fundamental knowledge of molecules with magneto-optical properties is still being built as researchers fine-tune their synthesis to optimize their properties. Researchers now add chiral ligands to magnetic heterometallic lanthanide compounds to study their impact on electronic transitions.

    • Alexander Rosu-Finsen
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Journal Club

  • Radiation-induced redox chemistry is an important consideration for practical applications such as production and storage of nuclear fuels. Furthering our fundamental understanding of radioactive elements, here, the decay kinetics of californium in the presence of common anionic compounds is studied.

    • Rachel Meyer
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    • Ambarneil Saha
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News & Views

  • Peptide stapling has traditionally relied on the incorporation of unnatural amino acids and symmetric stapling. A recent article targets a typically inert C–H bond within the serine side chain, offering new avenues for conformational control and side chain engineering.

    • Fa-Jie Chen
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Year in Review

  • Effective separations underpin actinide science and technologies. Here, we provide an overview of six recently reported approaches.

    • Appie Peterson
    • Jennifer N. Wacker
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Reviews

  • Intercalation of atoms, ions and molecules is a powerful tool for finely regulating atomically thin, 2D materials. This Review highlights the effects of intercalation in 2D materials and discusses their in situ studies.

    • Ruijie Yang
    • Liang Mei
    • Zhiyuan Zeng
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  • Colloid science has developed through innovative use of silane coupling agents. We highlight the advances in complex colloid synthesis, focussing on 3-trimethoxysilylpropyl methacrylate (TPM) and related compounds. We outline the remarkable properties, unique synthesis strategies and ensuing pioneering applications of TPM colloids.

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  • Structural and dynamic DNA nanosciences offer unique tools for engineering bottom–up synthetic cells. This Review provides a holistic overview for using DNA as a structural material, for designing functional entities, and for information-processing circuits for adaptive and interactive behaviour.

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    • Lorena Baranda Pellejero
    • Andreas Walther
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Perspectives

  • The four core effects of high-entropy alloys are discussed and greater insights are presented. These clarifications are helpful in understanding materials from low entropy (simple two-component or three-component alloys) to high entropy (five components or greater), and in general materials design.

    • Wei-Lin Hsu
    • Che-Wei Tsai
    • Jien-Wei Yeh
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