Heterostructure photo of an artificial square lattice of GaAs quantum wells separated by AlGaAs barriers

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Read about soft actuators for muscle tissue rehabilitation, kagome superconductor spectroscopy, and GaN membranes for electronic skins. We also feature a Perspective on nanocrystal phononics.


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  • The Nobel prize medal for Chemistry

    The 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry. Here, the Nature Portfolio presents a selection of research, review, news and opinion articles that highlight the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry over the past two decades.

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    • When BiFeO3 layers are confined between TbScO3 layers in an epitaxial superlattice, crystallographically orthogonal voltages can induce reversible, non-volatile switching between polar and antipolar states in BiFeO3. This symmetry switch also leads to marked changes in the nonlinear optical response, piezoresponse and resistivity of the system.

      Research Briefing
    • Soft actuators composed of a tough bioadhesive/elastomer shell encapsulating a stimuli-responsive metallic spring provide in situ mechanical stimulation of skeletal muscles to promote muscle tissue rehabilitation and prevent atrophy.

      • Xuanhe Zhao
      News & Views
    • Two studies explore strongly correlated states of Bose–Fermi excitonic complexes realized in two distinct solid-state platforms, setting the stage for tabletop quantum simulators.

      • David A. Ruiz-Tijerina
      News & Views
    • Colloidal nanocrystals can form into periodic superlattices exhibiting collective vibrations from the correlated motion of the nanocrystals. This Perspective discusses such collective vibrations and their as-of-yet untapped potential applications for phononic crystals, acoustic metamaterials and optomechanical systems.

      • Maximilian Jansen
      • William A. Tisdale
      • Vanessa Wood
  • Click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry have finally been recognized with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

  • The hunt for a quantum spin liquid continues with new materials and more refined methods leading the way.

  • Zhu-Jun Wang and Zhi Liu discuss how advanced characterization technologies have helped to understand ancient man-made materials and human history.

    • Zhu-Jun Wang
    • Zhi Liu
    Why it Matters
  • Zhi-Wei Shan, a professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University (School of Materials Science and Engineering), talks to Nature Materials about the non-negligible impact of trace impurities in metallic structural materials.

    • Xin Li
  • Experiments with entangled photons, which enabled the pioneering of quantum information science, have been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics.

  • A change in UK government must lead to changes in science policy.


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