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Volume 6 Issue 6, June 2021

Reticular chemistry promotes the discovery of periodic solids, such as metal–organic frameworks. Cutting-edge structural design methodologies, using diverse building blocks, targeted nets and isoreticular chemistry, are providing access to new and more intricate structures. See Jiang et al.

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Editorial

  • Meeting global emission reduction goals will require the large-scale deployment of renewable energy infrastructure and electric vehicles. Ensuring a fair and sustainable supply of the required critical primary and secondary raw materials will be essential to a greener future.

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Comment

  • The green energy revolution is heavily reliant on raw materials, such as cobalt and lithium, which are currently mainly sourced by mining. We must carefully evaluate acceptable supplies for these metals to ensure that green technologies are beneficial for both people and planet.

    • Richard Herrington

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  • Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets are essential for the transition to clean energy and mobility. Given the burgeoning demand for neodymium and other rare earths, this Comment discusses the role of recycling and the need for government intervention in securing a sustainable rare-earth supply.

    • Koen Binnemans
    • Paul McGuiness
    • Peter Tom Jones

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  • The defossilization of our economy requires that materials for renewable energy conversion technologies are themselves green, renewable and circular. To this end, components such as batteries, electronic devices and electric motors should be recycled and regenerated, and produced solely from secondary raw materials.

    • Anke Weidenkaff
    • Ronja Wagner-Wenz
    • Angelika Veziridis
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Research Highlights

  • An article in Advanced Materials reports a computational and experimental approach to better understand solid-state ceramic reactions and design more efficient syntheses.

    • Ariane Vartanian
    Research Highlight
  • An article in Nature reports a metal-free, polypeptide-based battery that degrades on demand, in a step towards sustainable batteries.

    • Claire Ashworth
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Reviews

  • The development of structural design methodologies in reticular chemistry promotes the discovery of periodic solids, such as metal–organic frameworks. In this Review, we highlight the well-developed and cutting-edge structural design methodologies, focusing on the role of building blocks, targeted nets and isoreticular chemistry.

    • Hao Jiang
    • Dalal Alezi
    • Mohamed Eddaoudi
    Review Article
  • Artificial structures with novel thermal properties are promising for heat-transfer applications. This Review provides an overview of thermal metamaterials and devices, discussing the working principles underlying the manipulation of thermal conduction and radiation at different length scales.

    • Ying Li
    • Wei Li
    • Cheng-Wei Qiu
    Review Article
  • Incorporating the mechanical bond into polymer architectures allows access to polymers with high-mobility elements, leading to unique material properties. This Review outlines the structure–property relationships of materials based on either polyrotaxanes (including slide-ring materials and daisy-chain polymers) or polycatenanes, and looks towards future applications and technologies.

    • Laura F. Hart
    • Jerald E. Hertzog
    • Stuart J. Rowan
    Review Article
  • Halide perovskites exhibit outstanding semiconductor properties and are a key component of a variety of devices, including solar cells and light-emitting diodes. This Review discusses electrical doping strategies for halide perovskites and takes a critical look at the challenges that need to be overcome to control the electronic properties of these semiconducting materials.

    • Julie Euvrard
    • Yanfa Yan
    • David B. Mitzi
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