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    • Designing highly ordered and ultrathin nanoporous membranes achieves superior water flux, while maintaining high selectivity for NaCl rejection.

      • Chrystelle Salameh
      • Damien Voiry
      News & Views
    • Resonant X-ray scattering experiments have revealed a charge-ordered phase next to the recently discovered superconducting phase in layered nickelates — in remarkable analogy to the cuprate high-temperature superconductors.

      • Eva Benckiser
      • Matthias Hepting
      • Bernhard Keimer
      News & Views
    • In the absence of biochemical gradients, cancer cell migration over fibrillar isotropic collagen can occur by a mechanical self-steering process involving asymmetric matrix deformation from the rear.

      • Katarina Wolf
      • Peter Friedl
      News & Views
    • Ensemble-level experimental evidence of exciton fine-structure splitting in perovskite quantum dots has been demonstrated, correlated to the intrinsic symmetry of these nanocrystals.

      • Gabriele Rainò
      • Maksym V. Kovalenko
      News & Views
  • Gang Qian from CITIC Pacific Special Steel, one of the major steelmakers in China, talks to Nature Materials about their experience and perspective on moving towards decarbonization.

    • Xin Li
    Q&A
  • Steel underpins modern society but its production generates intensive carbon dioxide emissions. For its sustainable development, the steel industry requires technology and product upgrades, driven by innovation and cooperation.

    Editorial
  • The steel industry in China has an important role in reducing national and global carbon emissions, demanding integrated actions and efforts across policies, industry and science to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality.

    • Zhuo Kang
    • Qingliang Liao
    • Yue Zhang
    Comment
  • The success of silicon photonics is a product of two decades of innovations. This photonic platform is enabling novel research fields and novel applications ranging from remote sensing to ultrahigh-bandwidth communications. The future of silicon photonics depends on our ability to ensure scalability in bandwidth, size and power.

    • Michal Lipson
    Comment
  • Organic semiconductors based on molecular or polymeric π-conjugated systems are now used at scale in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays and show real promise in thin-film photovoltaics and transistor structures. Here, we address recent progress in understanding and performance for OLEDs and for organic photovoltaics.

    • Akshay Rao
    • Alexander James Gillett
    • Richard Henry Friend
    Comment
  • As Nature Materials turns 20 we look back at how materials science has evolved and consider future directions.

    Editorial

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