Volume 1 Issue 1 January 2016

Volume 1 Issue 1

Ice-repellency can be achieved on various hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces, although a surface that repels ice under all environmental scenarios remains elusive. Different strategies are reviewed with a focus on the recent development of lubricant-infused superhydrophobic surfaces.

 

See Michael J. Kreder et al. 1, 15003 (2016).

Image credit: Michael J. Kreder, Harvard University. Cover design: Lauren V. Robinson

Editorial

  • Editorial |

    As we launch the first physical sciences journal in the Nature Reviews family, we reflect on the relationship between human progress and advances in materials science.

Research Highlights

Comments

  • Comment |

    Materials scientists need to enter the public debate on the energy system to ensure advances are made towards a sustainable future.

    • Julian M. Allwood
  • Comment |

    On the brink of the next revolution in electronic systems, nanomaterials and, in particular materials that are a few atoms thick are becoming increasingly apparent. Concurrently, computational scientists remain eager to see how Moore's Law will advance.

    • Mildred S. Dresselhaus

Reviews

  • Review Article |

    Density functional theory has become an indispensable tool in the design of new materials. This Review details the principles of computational materials design, highlighting examples of the successful prediction and subsequent experimental verification of materials for energy harvesting, conversion and storage.

    • Anubhav Jain
    • , Yongwoo Shin
    •  & Kristin A. Persson
  • Review Article |

    The charge transport properties of hybrid organic—inorganic perovskites, which can explain their excellent photovoltaic performance, are reviewed through an integrated summary of experimental and theoretical findings. The potential origins of these properties are discussed and future research directions are indicated.

    • Thomas M. Brenner
    • , David A. Egger
    • , Leeor Kronik
    • , Gary Hodes
    •  & David Cahen
  • Review Article |

    Conventional synthesis of nanocarbons, such as graphene, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, yields mixtures of molecules with varying structures. However, harnessing the full potential of these materials demands atomically precise synthesis methods. Recent advances using organic chemistry are discussed in this Review.

    • Yasutomo Segawa
    • , Hideto Ito
    •  & Kenichiro Itami
  • Review Article |

    Ice repellency can be achieved on various hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces, although a surface that repels ice under all environmental scenarios remains elusive. Different strategies are reviewed with a focus on the recent development of superhydrophobic and lubricant-infused surfaces.

    • Michael J. Kreder
    • , Jack Alvarenga
    • , Philseok Kim
    •  & Joanna Aizenberg
  • Review Article |

    Angiogenesis is mediated by cytokines that function in concert with the extracellular matrix as a biofunctional physiological materials system. By analysing this system, design rules can be identified for biomimetic synthetic materials systems to induce therapeutic angiogenesis.

    • Priscilla S. Briquez
    • , Lindsay E. Clegg
    • , Mikaël M. Martino
    • , Feilim Mac Gabhann
    •  & Jeffrey A. Hubbell