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  • Hafnia ferroelectrics are of industrial interest owing to their compatibility with silicon-based electronics, but the ferroelectricity only exists in nanoscale films. Here, using a floating zone growth approach, ferroelectricity in bulk Y-doped hafnia is demonstrated.

    • Xianghan Xu
    • Fei-Ting Huang
    • Sang-Wook Cheong
    Article
  • The basement membrane stiffness is shown to be a more dominant determinant than pore size in regulating cancer cell invasion, metastasis formation and patient survival. This stiffness is now known to be affected by the ratio of netrin-4 to laminin, with more netrin-4 leading to softer basement membranes.

    • Raphael Reuten
    • Sina Zendehroud
    • Janine T. Erler
    Article
  • Metal-fluoride-based lithium-ion battery cathodes are typically classified as conversion materials because reconstructive phase transitions are presumed to occur upon lithiation. Metal fluoride lithiation is now shown to be dominated instead by diffusion-controlled displacement mechanisms.

    • Xiao Hua
    • Alexander S. Eggeman
    • Clare P. Grey
    Article
  • Ferroelectricity in bulk crystals of hafnium oxide demonstrates that these properties are not limited to films prepared by thin-film deposition techniques.

    • Thomas Mikolajick
    • Uwe Schroeder
    News & Views
  • Hybrid materials constructed from the assembly of inorganic building blocks and organic linkers have shown unique properties and applications. Superstructures of semiconductor magic-sized nanoclusters linked by diamines now join this class of materials.

    • Raffaella Buonsanti
    News & Views
  • A multifunctional device produces a much-improved thermoelectric-driven transverse voltage by exploiting a thermoelectric current to drive an anomalous Hall effect in a ferromagnet.

    • Andrew F. May
    • Brian C. Sales
    News & Views
  • Using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering, a new experimental window is opened on fundamental magnetic excitations in mesoscopic ferromagnets.

    • Robert Stamps
    News & Views
  • Large reversible shear strain has been achieved by electric-field-driven bipolar switching in a hybrid ferroelectric, facilitating development of shape-memory-type actuators with outstanding figures of merit.

    • Sarah Guerin
    • Damien Thompson
    News & Views
  • Use of polymer and small-molecule semiconductors with relatively poor miscibility helps the long-term stability of the morphology and photovoltaic performance of bulk heterojunction films used in organic solar cells.

    • Andrew T. Kleinschmidt
    • Darren J. Lipomi
    News & Views

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