Artistic illustration of the use of wearable sensors in daily life and for medical purposes

Our November issue

Soft wearables for deep-tissue sensing; untethered flexible power sources; design principles for wearable sensors; electronics that interface with the mucosa.


  • 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.


    • The emergence of new materials and cell designs is enabling the transition of aqueous batteries into competitive candidates for reliable and affordable energy storage. This Review critically examines the scientific advances that have enabled such a transition and explores future research prospects.

      • Yanliang Liang
      • Yan Yao
      Review Article
    • Materials for extreme environments can help to protect people, structures and the planet. Extreme temperatures in aeroplane engines, hypervelocity micrometeoroid impacts on satellites, high-speed machining of ceramics and strong radiation doses in nuclear reactors are just some examples of extreme conditions that materials need to withstand. In this Viewpoint, experts working on materials for different types of extreme environments discuss the most exciting advances, opportunities and bottlenecks in their fields.

      • Suhas Eswarappa Prameela
      • Tresa M. Pollock
      • Lori Graham-Brady
    • In perovskite solar cells, metal-oxide/perovskite interfaces suffer from a combination of issues related to interfacial defects, charge transfer, chemical stability and delamination, limiting performance. This Review discusses how molecular engineering of metal-oxide/perovskite interfaces with self-assembled monolayers can provide a solution and help to bring perovskite solar cells to market.

      • Furkan H. Isikgor
      • Shynggys Zhumagali
      • Stefaan De Wolf
      Review Article
    • Mechanical force modulates the conformation and function of individual proteins, and this underpins many mechanically driven cellular processes. This Review addresses single-molecule force spectroscopy experiments conducted on proteins with a known role in mechanosensing and mechanotransduction in eukaryotic cells.

      • Amy E. M. Beedle
      • Sergi Garcia-Manyes
      Review Article
    • One of the most advanced and challenging topics in modern reticular chemistry is structure multivariation. This Perspective defines the fundamentals of multivariation by considering sequences of chemical species as its true essence, thereby addressing the classification of multivariate structures and presenting new concepts for their analysis and application.

      • Stefano Canossa
      • Zhe Ji
      • Omar M. Yaghi
  • Pressure-sensitive adhesives are familiar household items spanning applications in everyday repair, office supplies and topical wound care. Through innovations in material and polymer science, pressure-sensitive adhesives will advance from current commodity to new specialty materials with resulting new clinical uses and improved patient care.

    • Danielle M. Fitzgerald
    • Yolonda L. Colson
    • Mark W. Grinstaff
  • An article in Advanced Functional Materials reports a dual-functional hydrogel platform that can treat inflammation and promote bone regeneration.

    • Charlotte Allard
    In Brief
  • An article in ACS Nano presents a hydrogel with a mushroom-like shape that can block and treat gastrointestinal puncture wounds.

    • Charlotte Allard
    In Brief
  • An article in Advanced Functional Materials presents a hydrogel adhesive to treat nerve injuries.

    • Charlotte Allard
    In Brief
  • Liquid metals are promising multifunctional materials, but their single-colour physical appearance limits their applicability. There are several methods to endow liquid metals with colour and fluorescence, and although breakthroughs have been made in controlling their optical and interfacial properties, more work is needed to refine the synthetic strategies, better understand the coloration effects and enable the applications of colourful liquid metals.

    • Liangfei Duan
    • Tong Zhou
    • Qingju Liu
  • Wearable electronics could enable us to optimize every aspect of our personal health and performance. They might also have important ramifications for clinical use and theranostics.

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.