Qubits focus issue

Our collection of articles explores the materials-related challenges and opportunities for different types of qubits, including superconducting, trapped-ion, spin, germanium and topological qubits.


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    Nature Reviews Materials and Nature Nanotechnology hosted a free virtual webinar and Q&A session with Kathryn A. Whitehead (Carnegie Mellon University) and Yizhou Dong (Ohio State University), discussing lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery

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    This conference aims to capture diverse bioinspired perspectives by bringing together prominent researchers with different focuses, but with the collective purpose of pushing the boundaries of materials science and technology, to mimic, refine and improve on the principles, structures and capabilities seen in nature.


    • Sex-related differences in health and disease are often overlooked in tissue engineering. This Review discusses sex-based differences in the (patho)physiology of the cardiovascular system, providing a design framework for sex-specific cardiac tissue models and an outlook to developing sex-specific in vitro models in general.

      • Roberta Lock
      • Hadel Al Asafen
      • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
      Review Article
    • The materials community must address the greenhouse gas emissions burden of materials production. This Review assesses the potential for decarbonization of the cement, metals and petrochemical industries, revealing opportunities to strengthen the connections across industries and length scales — from the atomic scale through to materials markets — to meet climate targets.

      • Katrin Daehn
      • R. Basuhi
      • Elsa A. Olivetti
      Review Article
    • Ferroelectric domain walls hold great potential as multifunctional 2D systems for next-generation nanotechnology. This Review discusses recent advances in the field and new strategies for developing the domain walls into ultra-small electronic components.

      • Dennis Meier
      • Sverre M. Selbach
      Review Article
    • The immune response to a vaccine is characterized by a complex time-dependent interplay between various cell types and molecules in different tissues in our body. This Review explores materials-based strategies for the spatial and temporal control of the mechanisms that underlie vaccine immune responses.

      • Gillie A. Roth
      • Vittoria C. T. M. Picece
      • Eric A. Appel
      Review Article
  • An article in Nature Biomedical Engineering reports an in vivo workflow for the design of lipid nanoparticles to efficiently deliver mRNA to the lungs via nebulization.

    • Christine Horejs
    Research Highlight
  • An article in Nature Chemistry reports a tip-manipulated approach to build custom nanoarchitectures on a surface by activating, orienting and coupling together individual building blocks.

    • Ariane Vartanian
    Research Highlight
  • Scientists have reacted to COVID-19 restrictions by organizing virtual seminars and journal clubs to maintain engagement. The authors reflect on their experiences and lessons learned from organizing such initiatives and highlight how, far from being temporary substitutes of in-person counterparts, they can help foster more diverse, inclusive and environmentally friendly scientific exchange.

    • James P. K. Armstrong
    • Irene de Lázaro
    • Shrey Sindhwani
  • Silica nanoparticles have entered clinical trials for a variety of biomedical applications, including oral drug delivery, diagnostics, plasmonic resonance and photothermal ablation therapy. Preliminary results indicate the safety, efficacy and viability of silica nanoparticles under these clinical scenarios.

    • Taskeen Iqbal Janjua
    • Yuxue Cao
    • Amirali Popat
  • Qubits come in many shapes and forms. Some are better developed, some will make it easier to scale up to big quantum processors and some will require less effort to correct errors. One thing they have in common: they will all benefit from materials optimization.

Materials for qubits

Materials for qubits

Our collection of articles explores the materials-related challenges and opportunities for different types of qubits, including superconducting, trapped-ion, spin, germanium and topological qubits.