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Our May issue

In this issue we feature a Focus on new directions in ferroelectrics. We also highlight research on cancer immunotherapy, topological superconductivity, and single-atom vibrational spectroscopy.


  • 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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    • The output mechanical energy densities of ferroelectric polymers remain orders of magnitude smaller than those of piezoelectric ceramics and crystals, limiting their applications in soft actuators. But polymer composites subject to an electro-thermally driven ferroelectric phase transition under low electric fields are now shown to have giant actuation strains and large energy densities.

      Research Briefing
    • An ultra-microporous metal–organic framework glass foam shows outstanding gas sieving properties for challenging gas mixtures.

      • Chinmoy Das
      • Sebastian Henke
      News & Views
    • A strategy of using a high ligand/metal ion concentration ratio eliminates lattice defects in polycrystalline zirconium metal–organic framework membranes, enhancing their molecular sieving performance.

      • Jun Lu
      • Huanting Wang
      News & Views
    • A low-valence carbon-doped ruthenium oxide-based catalytic material achieved a catalytic trinity of superior activity, selectivity and stability during the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane at low temperatures.

      • Xin Zhang
      • Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury
      News & Views
    • In heavily hole-doped cuprates, superconductivity does not die by simply dissolving into a uniform metal due to the lack of pairing, but rather survives by shattering into nanoscale superconducting puddles.

      • Yu He
      News & Views
  • Ferroelectrics have already impacted scientific research and commercial applications, but they still show plenty of potential to surprise.

  • Increasing chemical complexity expands the design space and drives the coupling of materials science and computational techniques.

  • A measure of the impact of scientific papers indicates that they are on average becoming less disruptive — this could reflect changes in the scientific community.

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


Computational Materials Design

Computation plays a vital role in the analysis of the materials that are needed to address current complex needs such as energy, information technology, or operations under extreme conditions.


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