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Volume 7 Issue 9, September 2022

Architected materials are structured at the intermediate scale between the atomic and bulk scale, and they can be encoded with a temporal degree of freedom such that they evolve over time, resulting in unique materials properties and functionalities. The cover artistically illustrates three examples of responsive architected materials. See Xia et al.

Image: Xiaoxing Xia and Eric Brian Smith. Cover design: Charlotte Gurr.


  • The ability to communicate clearly is an essential skill for scientists, but it is rarely taught. Katie Yurkewicz, Head of Scientific and Technical Communications at Argonne National Laboratory, shares three steps to follow to captivate an audience and craft a compelling narrative for any topic or medium.

    • Katie Yurkewicz


  • Thanks to the lifespan and efficiency benchmarks set by the current generation of white light-emitting diodes (WLEDs), the lighting industry is quickly replacing traditional LEDs that use monochromatic light. Building upon research advances in framework solids for WLEDs and capitalizing on their bottom-up design principles, modular crystalline hybrids are paving paths to energy-efficient lighting alternatives.

    • Jiawei Chen
    • Soumya Mukherjee
    • Roland A. Fischer
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Research Highlights

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  • Architected materials are a class of materials with structures intermediate in scale between atomic arrangement and bulk dimensions; this additional degree of freedom enables unique properties and functionalities. This Review describes the state of the art in architected materials that are responsive to various stimuli.

    • Xiaoxing Xia
    • Christopher M. Spadaccini
    • Julia R. Greer
    Review Article
  • Engineers have long sought to fabricate vascular networks to deliver oxygen and nutrients within engineered human tissues for regenerative medicine applications. This Review highlights how materials advances have enabled the development of vascular engineering approaches driven by both technology and nature.

    • Colleen O’Connor
    • Eileen Brady
    • Kelly R. Stevens
    Review Article
  • 2D materials hold promise as inks for printed technologies. This Review discusses ink formulation processes, from materials selection and deposition techniques to applications, and the perspectives for the commercialization of printed devices.

    • Sergio Pinilla
    • João Coelho
    • Valeria Nicolosi
    Review Article
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  • This Perspective compares the attributes of nanoparticles versus microparticles as the active electrode material in lithium-ion batteries. We propose that active material particles used in future batteries should be inherently multiscale to capture the best of both worlds.

    • Rishabh Jain
    • Aniruddha Singh Lakhnot
    • Nikhil Koratkar


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