Articles in 2016

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  • The combination of topological properties and magnetic order can lead to new quantum states and exotic physical phenomena. In particular, the coupling between topological insulators and antiferromagnets enables magnetic and electronic structural engineering.

    • Thorsten Hesjedal
    • Yulin Chen
    News & Views
  • Nature Materials now requests that all original research articles contain a Data Availability Statement declaring the accessibility of the data and where it can be found.

  • The thermal conductivities of superatom crystals have significant contributions from extended phonon states and show a remarkable temperature dependence due to orientational ordering.

    • Longji Cui
    • Edgar Meyhofer
    • Pramod Reddy
    News & Views
  • Ultra-stable and catalytic platinum atoms and clusters have been obtained by entrapment within a zeolite framework during its formation.

    • Krijn P. de Jong
    • Jovana Zečević
    News & Views
  • One of the most salient features of hybrid lead halide perovskites is the extended lifetime of their photogenerated charge carriers. This property has now been shown experimentally to originate from a slow, thermally activated recombination process.

    • Jacques-E. Moser
    News & Views
  • Stretching elastic membranes over curved substrates can be used to guide and control crack paths.

    • Ken Kamrin
    News & Views
  • A miniaturized camera has been developed by integrating a planar metasurface lens doublet with a CMOS image sensor. The metasurface lens doublet corrects the monochromatic aberration and thus delivers nearly diffraction-limited image quality over a wide field of view.

    • Cheng Sun
    News & Views
  • Converting sunlight into fuels is attractive for energy storage and photoelectrocatalytic technologies. Scientific challenges related to developing suitable photoabsorbers, efficient catalysts and understanding their interfaces are now reviewed.

    • Joseph H. Montoya
    • Linsey C. Seitz
    • Jens K. Nørskov
    Review Article
  • This Perspective provides an overview of the contributions of materials science to a sustainable energy future, and discusses possible regulatory paths to support this transition.

    • Steven Chu
    • Yi Cui
    • Nian Liu
  • Lessons learned from coherent phenomena in biological photosynthetic systems may be useful to improve energy- and charge-transport in disordered materials. This Review describes coherence and its potential beneficial effects in photovoltaics.

    • Jean-Luc Brédas
    • Edward H. Sargent
    • Gregory D. Scholes
    Review Article
  • Advances in electrocatalysis at interfaces are vital for driving technological innovations related to energy. New materials developments for efficient hydrogen and oxygen production in electrolysers and in fuel cells are described.

    • Vojislav R. Stamenkovic
    • Dusan Strmcnik
    • Nenad M. Markovic
    Review Article
  • Significant progress in battery technology is crucial to ensure a transition towards a carbon-neutral society. Recent advances in both sustainability and operando techniques together with remaining challenges and possible solutions are now reviewed.

    • C. P. Grey
    • J. M. Tarascon
    Review Article