Artistic illustration of three examples of responsive architected materials.

Our September issue

Responsive architected materials; engineered vascular networks; 2D material inks; nano- and microstructured battery electrodes.


  • Conceptual illustration of an artificial leaf for solar fuel production

    Materials science plays a major role in the development of green technologies, which are key to address climate change. Our collection of articles highlights advances in batteries and energy storage, solar energy, catalysis and approaches to create a sustainable future.

  • Two faces looking at each other are overlaid on a neural network

    Machine learning is a powerful tool in materials research. Our collection of articles looks in depth at applications of machine learning in various areas of materials science.

  • A colorful metal-organic framework

    Making the materials science community more inclusive is an important goal to work towards. This collection brings together articles discussing how the materials science community can become more inclusive, featuring action points and uncovering systemic problems underlying the current lack of diversity in academia and beyond.


    • Redox-active organic materials are a promising electrode material for next-generation batteries, owing to their potential cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness. This Review compares the performance of redox-active organic materials from a practical viewpoint and discusses their potential in various post-lithium-ion-battery platforms.

      • Jihyeon Kim
      • Youngsu Kim
      • Kisuk Kang
      Review Article
    • The surface mucosa that lines many of our organs hosts a diverse set of biometric signals. This Review compares present skin-interfacing and mucosa-interfacing electronics to inspire hardware solutions for developing devices for personalized biosensing from the mucosa.

      • Kewang Nan
      • Vivian R. Feig
      • Giovanni Traverso
      Review Article
    • Introduction of guest species into archetype materials lays out a foundational pathway for creating new materials classes with desired functionalities. This Review discusses two main strategies of such applied to 2D layered materials: gating, where the guest species rest on the surface, and intercalation, where the guest species are incorporated into the host lattice.

      • Yecun Wu
      • Danfeng Li
      • Yi Cui
      Review Article
    • Data-driven approaches based on high-throughput capabilities and machine learning hold promise in revolutionizing human-centred materials discovery for sustainability and decarbonization. This Review examines the strengths and limitations of different traditional and emerging approaches to demonstrate their inherent connection and highlight the evolving paradigms of materials design.

      • Jiayu Peng
      • Daniel Schwalbe-Koda
      • Yang Shao-Horn
      Review Article
    • The introduction of topology into acoustic platforms enables robust sound control. This Review discusses the fundamental mechanisms, basic designs, practical realizations and promising future directions for topological acoustic systems.

      • Haoran Xue
      • Yihao Yang
      • Baile Zhang
      Review Article
  • The metaverse may change the way we live and interact with one another, and its potential applications range from entertainment to health care. Extended reality is the main technology to realize the highly realistic, interactive and immersive metaverse experience, and wearable electronic devices and materials are at its core.

    • Kyung Rok Pyun
    • John A. Rogers
    • Seung Hwan Ko
  • Organic photovoltaic cells are thin, lightweight, flexible and semi-transparent. These characteristics unlock new possibilities for applications in agriculture, architecture, wearable electronics and health science.

    • Yingyue Hu
    • Jiayu Wang
    • Pei Cheng
  • An article in Nature Biomedical Engineering reports a soft robotic aortic sleeve that can reproduce the blood dynamics associated with aortic stenosis, acting as a reliable model for the disease.

    • Giulia Pacchioni
    In Brief
  • An article in Advanced Materials presents polymer donors with hydrogen-bonding spacers that enable intrinsically stretchable organic solar cells with a high power conversion efficiency and good stretchability.

    • Giulia Pacchioni
    In Brief
  • An article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society reports azobenzene crystals that roll continuously under visible light, thanks to crystal packing effects that shift azobenzene’s light-responsive window.

    • Ariane Vartanian
    Research Highlight
A colorful artistic impression of a metal-organic framework

Inclusivity in materials science

This collection brings together articles discussing how the materials science community can become more inclusive, featuring action points and uncovering systemic problems underlying the current lack of diversity in academia and beyond.