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  • Rational design of the morphology of inorganic microstructures is challenging. Now an electrochemical method is reported for designing the morphology of inorganic microarchitectures via programming of the potential waveforms applied during microstructure growth. These microstructures have potential application as SERS sensors.

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    • Shikuan Yang
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  • A van der Waals epitaxial strategy is reported for growing intrinsic quantum dots (QDs) by modulating interfacial couplings on van der Waals surfaces. This method overcomes lattice mismatch constraints and produces versatile III–V and IV–VI QDs with controllable morphologies, broadening near-infrared photoresponse in InSb QDs/MoS2 by efficient interlayer charge transfer.

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    • Lian Li
    • Shenqiang Zhai
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  • The fragmentation of crystallization-driven self-assembly nanomaterials is only achievable with external stimuli. Now we report that two-dimensional platelets containing less stable domains can spontaneously fragment upon ageing, providing a simple one-step method for creating hollow platelet polymer particles.

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  • Implementing a chemical C–N coupling step to intercept reactive intermediates in electrocatalytic CO2 or NOxy– reduction reactions is an emerging approach to sustainable electrosynthesis of organonitrogen compounds from cheap and abundant feedstocks.

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  • The electrochemical construction of C–N bonds from abundant CO2 and nitrogenous sources is of interest for the sustainable synthesis of value-added organonitrogen compounds, which requires comprehensive considerations of electrocatalysts, the interface microenvironment, mechanisms, reactors and paired reactions to push this area towards competition with traditional thermochemical methods.

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    • Ying Gao
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  • Irreproducible synthetic methods consume time, money, and resources. Here, we highlight the steps Nature Synthesis takes to help authors make their synthetic procedures as reproducible as possible.

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