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Our November issue

This issue features articles on memristive Janus particles and antiviral peptides that cross the blood-brain barrier. We also feature a Perspective on the history and usage of oxidation states.

Latest Research

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    Electro-optic modulators based on epitaxial barium titanate (BTO) integrated on silicon exhibit speeds up to 50 Gbit s–1 while the Pockels coefficient of the BTO film is found to be approaching the bulk value.

    • Stefan Abel
    • , Felix Eltes
    • , J. Elliott Ortmann
    • , Andreas Messner
    • , Pau Castera
    • , Tino Wagner
    • , Darius Urbonas
    • , Alvaro Rosa
    • , Ana M. Gutierrez
    • , Domenico Tulli
    • , Ping Ma
    • , Benedikt Baeuerle
    • , Arne Josten
    • , Wolfgang Heni
    • , Daniele Caimi
    • , Lukas Czornomaz
    • , Alexander A. Demkov
    • , Juerg Leuthold
    • , Pablo Sanchis
    •  & Jean Fompeyrine
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    Atomic-scale spinodal decomposition enabled diffusion was observed within ordered nanoprecipitates that have structural imperfections, resulting from dynamic interaction of Gibbs energy, activation energy of atomic jumps and phase ordering in multicomponent alloys.

    • Angelina Orthacker
    • , Georg Haberfehlner
    • , Johannes Taendl
    • , Maria C. Poletti
    • , Bernhard Sonderegger
    •  & Gerald Kothleitner
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    Hydrogen pumping is used to reversibly modulate magnetic anisotropy in solid-state heterostructures.

    • Aik Jun Tan
    • , Mantao Huang
    • , Can Onur Avci
    • , Felix Büttner
    • , Maxwell Mann
    • , Wen Hu
    • , Claudio Mazzoli
    • , Stuart Wilkins
    • , Harry L. Tuller
    •  & Geoffrey S. D. Beach
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    DNA-based nanodevices with decision-making and information-processing capabilities have been developed. Here, a DNA-based molecular navigation system that explores a DNA origami maze for all possible solutions is reported.

    • Jie Chao
    • , Jianbang Wang
    • , Fei Wang
    • , Xiangyuan Ouyang
    • , Enzo Kopperger
    • , Huajie Liu
    • , Qian Li
    • , Jiye Shi
    • , Lihua Wang
    • , Jun Hu
    • , Lianhui Wang
    • , Wei Huang
    • , Friedrich C. Simmel
    •  & Chunhai Fan
  • Article |

    A flat stanene layer can be grown on Cu (111) by MBE growth, exhibiting topological properties as revealed by a combination of ARPES, STM and DFT calculations.

    • Jialiang Deng
    • , Bingyu Xia
    • , Xiaochuan Ma
    • , Haoqi Chen
    • , Huan Shan
    • , Xiaofang Zhai
    • , Bin Li
    • , Aidi Zhao
    • , Yong Xu
    • , Wenhui Duan
    • , Shou-Cheng Zhang
    • , Bing Wang
    •  & J. G. Hou
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    Separating ethylene from ethane is highly challenging as they have very similar physical properties. Here, a metal–organic framework is reported that, owing to its pore size and rigidity, adsorbs ethylene but almost completely excludes ethane under ambient conditions.

    • Rui-Biao Lin
    • , Libo Li
    • , Hao-Long Zhou
    • , Hui Wu
    • , Chaohui He
    • , Shun Li
    • , Rajamani Krishna
    • , Jinping Li
    • , Wei Zhou
    •  & Banglin Chen

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Although precipitates’ compositions are theoretically determined by thermodynamics, their formation kinetics can also lead to composition variations that allow further structural evolution, making the precipitation path more complex.

    • Emmanuel Clouet
  • News & Views |

    Ferroelectric polarization enables the emergence and control of magnetic skyrmions at an oxide interface.

    • Evgeny Y. Tsymbal
    •  & Christos Panagopoulos
  • News & Views |

    A rigid and easily scalable metal–organic framework is shown to be among the most efficient materials for separating ethylene from ethane.

    • Anastasiya Bavykina
    •  & Jorge Gascon
  • News & Views |

    Colloidal microparticles, with polymer composites encapsulated within two separate 2D material sheets, are fabricated by autoperforation, which can carry chemical and electronic information with long-term instability in complex environments.

    • Qiyuan He
    •  & Hua Zhang
  • Q&A |

    Emily Mayhew, a historian within the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, talks to Nature Materials about the advances that have been made in medicine and, in particular, prosthetics since World War I.

    • Amos Matsiko
  • News & Views |

    An amphipathic peptide has been engineered and is capable of penetrating the blood–brain barrier as well as possessing a potent antiviral activity against Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses.

    • Jing Zou
    •  & Pei-Yong Shi

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