Volume 17 Issue 3, March 2018

Volume 17 Issue 3

Buckling electronics

Reconfigurable electronic devices that can be shaped in two or more stable geometries modifying their functionalities have been realized by engineering the sequence in which the elastomeric substrates are mechanically buckled.

See Fu et al.

Image: Yihui Zhang, Tsinghua University. Cover Design: David Shand.

Editorial

  • Editorial |

    Materials research in Africa can contribute to addressing global challenges by tapping into a growing number of talented scientists.

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    The structure of the platelet defect in diamond has been determined by transmission electron microscopy, distinguishing the best-matched atomic model that settles a long-standing debate.

    • Jannik Meyer
  • News & Views |

    A synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiment demonstrates an unexpected accumulation of electron density in the interlayer region of TiS2, and provides a benchmark for theoretical models of weak interlayer bonding.

    • Xiaohui Qiu
    •  & Wei Ji
  • News & Views |

    The resource-rich continent of Africa is showing signs of significant progress in materials science research and is harnessing a plethora of human and material resources to tackle a wide range of challenges.

    • Benjamin S. Hsiao
    • , Samuel Chigome
    •  & Nelson Torto
  • News & Views |

    A p-type metallic sheet forms between two oxide insulators, LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. Suppression of oxygen vacancies in SrTiO3 plays a critical role in forming this sheet.

    • Yunzhong Chen
    •  & Nini Pryds
  • News & Views |

    A metal–organic framework with tailored porosity provides a mixed matrix membrane with excellent performance for natural gas purification and butane isomer separation.

    • Neil B. McKeown
  • News & Views |

    Two independent research groups report on progress towards making every window a potential solar cell, using perovskite materials.

    • Jan Christoph Goldschmidt

Letters

  • Letter |

    By combining electron energy-loss magnetic chiral dichroism and chromatic-aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, it becomes possible to achieve atomic-scale imaging of magnetic circular dichroism.

    • Zechao Wang
    • , Amir H. Tavabi
    • , Lei Jin
    • , Ján Rusz
    • , Dmitry Tyutyunnikov
    • , Hanbo Jiang
    • , Yutaka Moritomo
    • , Joachim Mayer
    • , Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski
    • , Rong Yu
    • , Jing Zhu
    •  & Xiaoyan Zhong
  • Letter |

    Investigation of the thermal transport properties of AgCrSe2 reveals complete suppression of the transverse acoustic phonons by ultrafast dynamic disorder with only the longitudinal acoustic mode surviving, resembling the thermal conduction of liquids.

    • B. Li
    • , H. Wang
    • , Y. Kawakita
    • , Q. Zhang
    • , M. Feygenson
    • , H. L. Yu
    • , D. Wu
    • , K. Ohara
    • , T. Kikuchi
    • , K. Shibata
    • , T. Yamada
    • , X. K. Ning
    • , Y. Chen
    • , J. Q. He
    • , D. Vaknin
    • , R. Q. Wu
    • , K. Nakajima
    •  & M. G. Kanatzidis
  • Letter |

    A SrTiO3/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure is fabricated in high oxygen partial pressure to prevent oxygen vacancy formation. Electrical transport and electron holography directly observes a highly mobile two dimensional hole gas at the top interface.

    • H. Lee
    • , N. Campbell
    • , J. Lee
    • , T. J. Asel
    • , T. R. Paudel
    • , H. Zhou
    • , J. W. Lee
    • , B. Noesges
    • , J. Seo
    • , B. Park
    • , L. J. Brillson
    • , S. H. Oh
    • , E. Y. Tsymbal
    • , M. S. Rzchowski
    •  & C. B. Eom
  • Letter |

    The mechanism by which cell geometry regulates cell signalling is reported to be modulated by lipid rafts within the plasma membrane, which are now shown to be responsible for geometry-dependent mesenchymal stem cell differentiation.

    • Thomas C. von Erlach
    • , Sergio Bertazzo
    • , Michele A. Wozniak
    • , Christine-Maria Horejs
    • , Stephanie A. Maynard
    • , Simon Attwood
    • , Benjamin K. Robinson
    • , Hélène Autefage
    • , Charalambos Kallepitis
    • , Armando del Río Hernández
    • , Christopher S. Chen
    • , Silvia Goldoni
    •  & Molly M. Stevens

Articles

  • Article |

    Electron density in TiS2 is determined by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, which reveals significant differences between experimental data and theory for interlayer van der Waals interactions.

    • Hidetaka Kasai
    • , Kasper Tolborg
    • , Mattia Sist
    • , Jiawei Zhang
    • , Venkatesha R. Hathwar
    • , Mette Ø. Filsø
    • , Simone Cenedese
    • , Kunihisa Sugimoto
    • , Jacob Overgaard
    • , Eiji Nishibori
    •  & Bo B. Iversen
  • Article |

    This work reports a quantitative investigation of the interaction parameter and miscibility of donor and acceptor organic molecules and their relationship with the fill factor and photovoltaic performance of bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells.

    • Long Ye
    • , Huawei Hu
    • , Masoud Ghasemi
    • , Tonghui Wang
    • , Brian A Collins
    • , Joo-Hyun Kim
    • , Kui Jiang
    • , Joshua H. Carpenter
    • , Hong Li
    • , Zhengke Li
    • , Terry McAfee
    • , Jingbo Zhao
    • , Xiankai Chen
    • , Joshua Lin Yuk Lai
    • , Tingxuan Ma
    • , Jean-Luc Bredas
    • , He Yan
    •  & Harald Ade
  • Article |

    CsPbI3–xBr x solar cells, which undergo temperature- and moisture-driven reversible transitions between a non-perovskite transparent phase and a perovskite light-absorbing phase, are used as thermochromic photovoltaic devices integrated in windows.

    • Jia Lin
    • , Minliang Lai
    • , Letian Dou
    • , Christopher S. Kley
    • , Hong Chen
    • , Fei Peng
    • , Junliang Sun
    • , Dylan Lu
    • , Steven A. Hawks
    • , Chenlu Xie
    • , Fan Cui
    • , A. Paul Alivisatos
    • , David T. Limmer
    •  & Peidong Yang
  • Article |

    Reconfigurable electronic devices that can be shaped in two or more stable geometries modifying their functionalities have been realized by engineering the sequence in which the elastomeric substrates are mechanically buckled.

    • Haoran Fu
    • , Kewang Nan
    • , Wubin Bai
    • , Wen Huang
    • , Ke Bai
    • , Luyao Lu
    • , Chaoqun Zhou
    • , Yunpeng Liu
    • , Fei Liu
    • , Juntong Wang
    • , Mengdi Han
    • , Zheng Yan
    • , Haiwen Luan
    • , Yijie Zhang
    • , Yutong Zhang
    • , Jianing Zhao
    • , Xu Cheng
    • , Moyang Li
    • , Jung Woo Lee
    • , Yuan Liu
    • , Daining Fang
    • , Xiuling Li
    • , Yonggang Huang
    • , Yihui Zhang
    •  & John A. Rogers
  • Article |

    Sub-micrometre MOF particles are incorporated into polymers to form mixed matrix membranes. Molecular sieving enables performance far beyond current limits for two applications, butane isomer separation and combined CO2/H2S removal from natural gas.

    • Gongping Liu
    • , Valeriya Chernikova
    • , Yang Liu
    • , Kuang Zhang
    • , Youssef Belmabkhout
    • , Osama Shekhah
    • , Chen Zhang
    • , Shouliang Yi
    • , Mohamed Eddaoudi
    •  & William J. Koros

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