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  • Extracting information about polymer network topology from mechanical properties alone remains challenging. Here the authors develop a forensic approach to quantify network structural information by analysing their nonlinear mechanics.

    • Andrey V. Dobrynin
    • Yuan Tian
    • Sergei S. Sheiko
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) tape is widely used for lithium-ion batteries but its chemical stability has been largely overlooked. Reversible self-discharge is now shown to be virtually eliminated in LiFePO4–graphite cells by replacing PET with polypropylene jellyroll tape.

    • Anu Adamson
    • Kenneth Tuul
    • Michael Metzger
  • The room-temperature self-healing behaviour of a nanotwinned diamond composite is quantitatively evaluated and found to stem from both the formation of nanoscale diamond osteoblasts and the atomic interaction transition from repulsion to attraction.

    • Keliang Qiu
    • Jingpeng Hou
    • Lin Guo
  • Unit-cell-thick films of metal–organic frameworks with ordered porosity would be attractive for membrane applications as these thin systems combine large molecular flux with high selectivity. Here crystalline ZIF films are grown on a crystalline substrate with high H2/N2 gas separation performance.

    • Qi Liu
    • Yurun Miao
    • Kumar Varoon Agrawal
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  • Trapped films of air known as plastrons are promising for underwater engineering but typically have short lifetimes. Here, aerophilic titanium alloy surfaces are developed with thermodynamically stabilized plastrons for antifouling applications.

    • Alexander B. Tesler
    • Stefan Kolle
    • Wolfgang H. Goldmann
  • 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.

  • In many concentrated alloys of current interest, the observation of diffuse superlattice intensities by transmission electron microscopy has been attributed to chemical short-range order. We briefly review these findings and comment on the plausibility of widespread interpretations, noting the absence of expected peaks, conflicts with theoretical predictions, and the possibility of alternative explanations.

    • Flynn Walsh
    • Mingwei Zhang
    • Mark Asta
  • On the 10th anniversary of the Graphene Flagship, Nature Materials talks to Jari Kinaret, Professor of Physics at the Chalmers University of Technology and Director of the Graphene Flagship. We look back at the flagship’s challenges and achievements and discuss future graphene research and initiatives in Europe.

    • Amos Martinez
  • After a decade of intense activity, the Graphene Flagship has helped to establish an incipient European graphene industry, yet mainstream commercialization of graphene products continues to be hindered by limited market readiness and industry acceptance.


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