Art of a robot arm placing a gear-based mechanical metamaterial on top of a stack of these materials.

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Read about multilayer graphene superconductivity, magnetic control of fruit fly behaviour, and room temperature single molecule switching. We also feature a Review on electrotunable friction.


  • Electron microscope image of a 3D printed material

    Recent advances in electron microscopy have greatly spurred progress in the physical and life sciences. This conference will bring together researchers from physical and life sciences working on cutting-edge electron microscopy technologies, with an emphasis on identifying and addressing new challenges, promoting synergies and developing the next generation of instruments and tools.

  • A brain connected to computer wiring for data processing

    The meeting will discuss exciting advances in the design, implementation, and clinical translation of technology for interfacing with the central and peripheral nervous systems in the context of human disease and health. The aim of the conference is to bring together experts in neuroscience, materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and clinical neurology.

  • Mechanical metamaterials are rationally designed structures leading to unusual physical and mechanical properties. This field has been enabled by rapid developments in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, allowing fabrication of intricate architectures. Applications include wave propagation control, energy absorption, shape morphing as well as unusual mechanical properties.

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  • Mechanical confinement of fibroblasts into micrometre-sized channels deforms the cell nucleus, leading to temporary nuclear lamina destablization and disassembly, loss of lamina-associated domains in chromatin and a decrease in histone and DNA methylation. These mechanically induced alterations in chromatin boost the conversion of fibroblasts into neurons and pluripotent stem cells and thus can be explored for cell engineering applications.

    • Yang Song
    • Jennifer Soto
    • Song Li
  • Two-dimensional materials can present ferroelectricity by layer sliding, but electrical confirmation is lacking due to narrow bandgaps. Here, a single-crystal coordination polymer with large bandgap enabling direct electrical measurement of PE hysteresis is shown to present sliding ferroelectricity.

    • Le-Ping Miao
    • Ning Ding
    • Yi Zhang
  • Desired for optical sensing or visual communications, structural colour-changing materials are hindered by the lack of scalable manufacturing. Here, by adapting Lippmann photography, large-area manufacturing of colour patterns in photosensitive elastomers is realized.

    • Benjamin Harvey Miller
    • Helen Liu
    • Mathias Kolle
  • Solid-state ionic conduction is a key enabler of electrochemical energy storage and conversion. A quantitative framework for ionic conduction between atomistic and macroscopic timescales in β- and β″-aluminas is now proposed for ‘atoms-to-device’ multiscale modelling and optimization.

    • Andrey D. Poletayev
    • James A. Dawson
    • Aaron M. Lindenberg
  • French science faces an uncertain future as the new government struggles with a fractured parliament.

  • Synthetic stimuli-responsive systems have become increasingly sophisticated and elegant at the nanoscale. This Comment discusses how rationally designed molecular systems capable of dynamic motions can be deployed in macroscopically porous metal–organic frameworks and respond to various stimuli.

    • Jinqiao Dong
    • Vanessa Wee
    • Dan Zhao
  • Hui Deng, professor at the University of Michigan, talks to Nature Materials about the evolution of research in polariton physics over recent years and discusses the role of emerging materials in promoting a scenery full of challenges and possibilities.

    • Amos Martinez
  • Materials discovery and advances in synthesis are driving the fields of exciton and exciton–polariton physics, moving towards on-demand engineering of many-body quasiparticle interactions in solid-state systems.

  • Materials scientists have played a key role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the development of vaccines and diagnostic tools to the rapid prototyping of ventilators.

  • A return to in-person and hybrid conferences is more than welcome and sure to inspire.


Computational Materials Design

Computation plays a vital role in the analysis of the materials that are needed to address current complex needs such as energy, information technology, or operations under extreme conditions.


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