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  • High-pressure experiments performed on aperiodic TRUMOF-1 demonstrate that this material remains crystalline up to pressures of 1.8 GPa, higher than other cubic metal–organic framework, due to the heterogeneous distribution of different shock-absorption mechanisms throughout the material.

    • Emily G. Meekel
    • Phillippa Partridge
    • Andrew L. Goodwin
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Metal halide perovskite (MHP) materials could revolutionize photovoltaic (PV) technology but sustainability issues need to be considered. Here the authors outline how MHP-PV modules could scale a sustainable supply chain.

    • Kevin J. Prince
    • Heather M. Mirletz
    • Joseph M. Luther
    Perspective
  • Propulsive motion in soft robotic systems requires the power amplification of stored energy. An accumulated strain energy-fracture power-amplification method is used to create light-driven soft robotic systems with a controlled launching ability.

    • Xin Wang
    • Chengfeng Pan
    • Li Zhang
    Article
  • Microbial products only work if the microorganisms are kept alive — usually through the use of cold chains. High-throughput mapping of the microbial–material combinations landscape generated specific dry formulations that enable the microorganisms to survive extreme storage and processing conditions.

    Research Briefing
  • The instability of n-type organic semiconductors in air is a long-standing challenge in organic electronics. Now, a strategy based on the use of vitamin C is developed to stabilize organic semiconductors. Vitamin C scavenges reactive oxygen species and inhibits their generation, improving the performance and stability of organic semiconductors and their electronic devices.

    Research Briefing
  • The generation of attosecond pulses has opened the door to probing electron dynamics at sub-atomic scales. Beyond atomic physics, this field is envisioned to also have a decisive impact on condensed-matter physics, chemistry and biology.

    Editorial
  • Hydrogel force sensors directly bioprinted into embryonic tissues quantify the forces driving tissue remodelling and reveal the existence of mechanisms that counteract tissue morphogenesis.

    • Eirini Maniou
    • Silvia Todros
    • Nicola Elvassore
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The synergy between the field-induced antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase transition and substrate constraints results in enhanced electromechanical responses.

    • Jan-Chi Yang
    • Ying-Hao Chu
    News & Views
  • Harnessing the large-scale integration and individual control of artificial atoms on silicon photonic circuits enables the realization of a rapidly programmable topological photonic chip that can be dynamically reconfigured to explore diverse topological phenomena.

    • José Capmany
    • Daniel Pérez-López
    News & Views
  • Researchers have demonstrated that skyrmion-like topological spin textures can be created in a controlled manner via the local application of an electric field with a tip electrode on a multiferroic BiFeO3 thin film.

    • Masahito Mochizuki
    News & Views
  • Tracking the momentum of scattered electrons reveals the temporal evolution of phonon populations on ultrafast timescales, helping to quantify the contributions of the cooperative electronic–lattice order responsible for phase transitions in quantum materials.

    • Charles J. Sayers
    • Giulio Cerullo
    News & Views