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Our November issue

In this issue we feature a Focus on sustainable electronics. We also highlight research on chiral quantum emission, complex active-matter systems, and polymer network forensics.


  • Nobel prize in chemistry

    The 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Moungi G. Bawendi, Louis E. Brus and Alexei I. Ekimov for the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots. In celebration, Nature Portfolio presents a collection of research, review, and opinion pieces on quantum dots.

  • Nobel prize in Physics

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 2023 has been awarded to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier “for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter“. In celebration, Nature Portfolio presents a collection of research, review, and opinion pieces on attosecond optics.

  • Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine

    The 2023 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman for their “discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19”. In celebration, Nature Portfolio presents a collection of research, review, and opinion pieces on mRNA vaccines and drug delivery.

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  • Piezoelectrics have longitudinal and transverse piezoelectric coefficients that are opposite in sign. Here, by tuning the interface inversion asymmetry in heterostructures, auxetic systems with positive longitudinal and transverse coefficients are realized, with expansion or contraction along all directions in an electric field.

    • Ming-Min Yang
    • Tian-Yuan Zhu
    • Marin Alexe
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Optically stimulated vibrational control for materials has the potential to improve the performance of optoelectronic devices. The vibrational control of FAPbBr3 perovskite solar cells has been demonstrated, where the fast dynamics of coupling between cations and inorganic sublattice may suppress non-radiative recombinations in perovskites, leading to reduced voltage losses.

    • Nathaniel. P. Gallop
    • Dmitry R. Maslennikov
    • Artem A. Bakulin
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Early detection of electrical degradation in dielectric polymers is crucial but remains challenging. A general strategy of blending the polymer with chromogenic molecules is reported, which generates a visually discernible colour change as chemically activated by oxygen radicals generated in situ, indicating the early stage of electrical degradation in polymers.

    • Xiaoyan Huang
    • Shuai Zhang
    • Jinliang He
  • Current physical neuromorphic computing faces critical challenges of how to reconfigure key physical dynamics of a system to adapt computational performance to match a diverse range of tasks. Here the authors present a task-adaptive approach to physical neuromorphic computing based on on-demand control of computing performance using various magnetic phases of chiral magnets.

    • Oscar Lee
    • Tianyi Wei
    • Hidekazu Kurebayashi
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Integrated design assisted by materials and technology innovations can help a transition from traditional to sustainable electronics.

  • Xiaodong Chen, a professor at Nanyang Technological University (School of Materials Science and Engineering), talks to Nature Materials about how innovations in materials science and technology are paving the way for a more sustainable future in electronics.

    • Wei Fan
  • An essential part of developing organic mixed ionic–electronic conducting materials and organic electrochemical transistors is consistent and standardized reporting of the product of charge carrier mobility and volumetric capacitance, the μC* product. This Comment argues that unexpected changes in transistor channel resistance can overestimate this figure of merit, leading to a confusion of comparisons in the literature.

    • Maryam Shahi
    • Vianna N. Le
    • Alexandra F. Paterson
  • Overcoming the intrinsic brittleness of inorganic glasses and ceramics improves structural reliability under operation, while also increasing their competitiveness for flexible devices.

  • Peer review has long been established as the gold standard for scientific publishing, but changes in the publishing ecosystem should not influence author response to the views of their peers.

  • In multi-principal-element alloys the local chemical order is of increasing research interest for understanding their structures and correlation with properties, requiring systematic exploration with definitive and quantitative characterizations.


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