The surface of a complex compound consisting of many different elements

April issue live

In this issue, we feature a joint Focus on complex element coupling. We also highlight research on zero potential charge measurement, lymphoma organoids, and spin–valley locked states in V1/3NbS2.


  • 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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    • A second-harmonic generation approach enables the direct measurement of the potential of zero charge at electrochemical interfaces.

      • Jan Rossmeisl
      News & Views
    • Scientists have realized Weyl modes by exposing a topological insulator to large magnetic fields. Their effort enriches the toolbox to design, engineer and manipulate topological materials for physics research and materials applications.

      • Zhengguang Lu
      • Long Ju
      News & Views
    • The arrangement of magnetic ions between layers of NbS2 affects it as though a giant magnetic field is applied in different directions for electrons moving with opposite velocities. This discovery goes beyond the reach of conventional magnets, and opens up the way to custom-made effective fields engineered to guide materials into new territory.

      • Jasper van Wezel
      News & Views
    • Spectroscopic and structural measurements often give conflicting results about the role of disorder in determining the properties of energy materials. A hybrid neutron scattering technique is used to measure atomic correlations in time and space for cubic GeTe, revealing that anisotropic elastic interactions mimic disorder but the time-averaged structure is crystalline.

      Research Briefing
  • 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.

  • Click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry have finally been recognized with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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

  • Zhu-Jun Wang and Zhi Liu discuss how advanced characterization technologies have helped to understand ancient man-made materials and human history.

    • Zhu-Jun Wang
    • Zhi Liu
    Why it Matters

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