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Latest Reviews

  • Review Article |

    This Review discusses functional Li-ceramic films for lithionic-device applications, including energy storage, sensing and neuromorphic computing.

    • Yuntong Zhu
    • , Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Rosillo
    • , Moran Balaish
    • , Zachary D. Hood
    • , Kun Joong Kim
    •  & Jennifer L. M. Rupp
  • Review Article |

    Large discrete 2D metallosupramolecules bridge the gap between small metallopolygons and infinite 2D metallopolymers, and are emerging platforms for the investigation of the structure–property–function relationships of 2D materials. This Review focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of 2D metallosupramolecules, and presents a perspective on the future research directions.

    • Heng Wang
    • , Yiming Li
    • , Na Li
    • , Alexander Filosa
    •  & Xiaopeng Li
  • Review Article |

    The materials research landscape is being transformed by the infusion of approaches based on machine learning. This Review discusses the emerging materials intelligence ecosystems and the potential of human–machine partnerships for fast and efficient virtual materials screening, development and discovery.

    • Rohit Batra
    • , Le Song
    •  & Rampi Ramprasad
  • Review Article |

    The influx and efflux of water in biological structures leads to reversible deformation, which has important functions in plants (for example, in seed protection and dispersal) and animals (for example, in the recovery of the strength and shape of feathers, and for reversible changes in silk and hair). Here the authors review the main hydration-induced deformation mechanisms and highlight applications inspired by these processes.

    • Haocheng Quan
    • , David Kisailus
    •  & Marc André Meyers
  • Review Article |

    In this Review, the authors analyse the fundamental concepts that govern the photocatalytic performance of organic polymer photocatalysts and discuss the challenges and future of the field of ‘soft photocatalysis’.

    • Tanmay Banerjee
    • , Filip Podjaski
    • , Julia Kröger
    • , Bishnu P. Biswal
    •  & Bettina V. Lotsch
  • Review Article |

    Polymer mechanochemistry converts mechanical forces in materials to chemical reactions through the response of functional groups known as mechanophores. This Review discusses the colorimetric, mechanical, chemical and electronic responses of mechanophores that may be useful in materials for strain sensing and strengthening, soft devices and additive manufacturing.

    • Maroun Abi Ghanem
    • , Amrita Basu
    • , Reza Behrou
    • , Nicholas Boechler
    • , Andrew J. Boydston
    • , Stephen L. Craig
    • , Yangju Lin
    • , Brock E. Lynde
    • , Alshakim Nelson
    • , Hang Shen
    •  & Duane W. Storti

News & Comment

  • Comment |

    Nanoparticles enable wireless neural stimulation without the need for genetic manipulation. However, challenges remain for their potential application in the cure of human neurodegenerative diseases. A careful analysis of the different nanomaterials and energy sources that proved effective in animal models will direct their clinical translatability.

    • Fabio Benfenati
    •  & Guglielmo Lanzani
  • Research Highlight |

    An article in Nature Electronics reports the generation, control and detection of magnetic skyrmions using thermal effects.

    • Giulia Pacchioni
  • Comment |

    In February 2019, we co-founded LatinXinBME to build a diverse and welcoming virtual community of Latinx researchers in biomedical engineering (BME). We leverage digital tools and community mentoring approaches to support our members and to build safe spaces in academia, with the aim to diversify the academic workforce in STEM.

    • Brian A. Aguado
    •  & Ana M. Porras
  • Research Highlight |

    An article in Advanced Healthcare Materials reports a tumour-on-a-chip platform for the high throughput-screening of cancer drugs.

    • Christine Horejs
  • Research Highlight |

    An article in Communications Materials reports untethered magnetic soft robots that can perform large-degree deformations at high frequencies in low magnetic fields.

    • Christine Horejs
  • In the Classroom |

    Advanced research microscopes in universities can be used to enhance the education of STEM students, as demonstrated by initiatives at Johns Hopkins University that give students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with sophisticated microscopes.

    • Suhas Eswarappa Prameela
    • , Patricia M. McGuiggan
    • , Amy Brusini
    • , Trevor W. Glenn
    •  & Timothy P. Weihs


Battery materials and technologies

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Battery materials and technologies

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