Volume 19 Issue 12, December 2020

Volume 19 Issue 12

Controlling colloidal assembly with depletion

Hybrid colloidal suprastructures and superlattices are assembled by exploring depletion forces to selectively control the interactions between colloidal particles.

See Liu et al.

Image: Mingzhu Liu, Molecular Design Institute, New York University. Cover Design: Thomas Wilson.

Editorial

  • Editorial |

    The discovery of long-range magnetic order, strong correlations and superconductivity in 2D materials provides new opportunities to study and control these phenomena.

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    A dose threshold of one trillion nanoparticles in mice has been discovered and is shown to be crucial for overwhelming the nanoparticle uptake kinetics of liver Kupffer cells and for ensuring efficient nanoparticle delivery into solid tumours upon intravenous administration.

    • Twan Lammers
  • News & Views |

    Controlling nuclear spins coupled to an electron spin in silicon carbide has enabled development of a ‘quantum register’ interfaced with telecom photons, leading to the possibility of distant transport of quantum information.

    • Siddharth Dhomkar
    •  & John J. L. Morton
  • News & Views |

    Surface ledges of β-Ga2O3 (100) substrates guide the unidirectional nucleation and growth of transition metal dichalcogenides, achieving centimetre-long, single-crystalline and densely aligned nanoribbons in wafer scale.

    • Juan Carlos Idrobo
  • News & Views |

    Colloidal structures and lattices made of patchy particles with chemically distinct lobes are formed by exploring site-specific depletion forces. This approach introduces a simple route to assemble colloidal superlattices.

    • Bas G. P. van Ravensteijn
    • , Patrick A. Hage
    •  & Ilja K. Voets

Review Articles

  • Review Article |

    Magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene plays host to many interesting phenomena, including superconductivity. This Review highlights key research results in the field, points toward important open questions, and comments on the place of magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene in the strongly correlated quantum matter world.

    • Eva Y. Andrei
    •  & Allan H. MacDonald

Letters

Articles

  • Article |

    Aligned arrays of single-crystalline monolayer TMD nanoribbons with high aspect ratios, as well as their lateral heterostructures, are realized, with the growth directed by the ledges on the β-Ga2O3 substrate. This approach provides an epitaxy platform for advanced electronics applications of TMD nanoribbons.

    • Areej Aljarb
    • , Jui-Han Fu
    • , Chih-Chan Hsu
    • , Chih-Piao Chuu
    • , Yi Wan
    • , Mariam Hakami
    • , Dipti R. Naphade
    • , Emre Yengel
    • , Chien-Ju Lee
    • , Steven Brems
    • , Tse-An Chen
    • , Ming-Yang Li
    • , Sang-Hoon Bae
    • , Wei-Ting Hsu
    • , Zhen Cao
    • , Rehab Albaridy
    • , Sergei Lopatin
    • , Wen-Hao Chang
    • , Thomas D. Anthopoulos
    • , Jeehwan Kim
    • , Lain-Jong Li
    •  & Vincent Tung
  • Article |

    Infrared nanoimaging of phonon polaritons in twisted α-phase molybdenum trioxide bilayers reveals tunable wavefront geometries and topological transitions over a broad range of twist angles, offering a configurable platform for nanophotonic applications.

    • Mingyuan Chen
    • , Xiao Lin
    • , Thao H. Dinh
    • , Zhiren Zheng
    • , Jialiang Shen
    • , Qiong Ma
    • , Hongsheng Chen
    • , Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
    •  & Siyuan Dai
  • Article |

    Photo-excited gold nanoparticles are shown to provide ultrafast and efficient hot-hole injection to the valence band of p-type GaN, substantially altering hot-electron dynamics in the nanoparticles and forming a basis to design hot-hole-based optoelectronics.

    • Giulia Tagliabue
    • , Joseph S. DuChene
    • , Mohamed Abdellah
    • , Adela Habib
    • , David J. Gosztola
    • , Yocefu Hattori
    • , Wen-Hui Cheng
    • , Kaibo Zheng
    • , Sophie E. Canton
    • , Ravishankar Sundararaman
    • , Jacinto Sá
    •  & Harry A. Atwater
  • Article |

    Isotope engineering of silicon carbide leads to control of nuclear spins associated with single divacancy centres and extended electron spin coherence.

    • Alexandre Bourassa
    • , Christopher P. Anderson
    • , Kevin C. Miao
    • , Mykyta Onizhuk
    • , He Ma
    • , Alexander L. Crook
    • , Hiroshi Abe
    • , Jawad Ul-Hassan
    • , Takeshi Ohshima
    • , Nguyen T. Son
    • , Giulia Galli
    •  & David D. Awschalom
  • Article |

    Voltage matching and rational design of redox couples enable high solar-to-output electricity efficiency and extended operational lifetime in a redox flow battery integrated with a perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell.

    • Wenjie Li
    • , Jianghui Zheng
    • , Bo Hu
    • , Hui-Chun Fu
    • , Maowei Hu
    • , Atilla Veyssal
    • , Yuzhou Zhao
    • , Jr-Hau He
    • , T. Leo Liu
    • , Anita Ho-Baillie
    •  & Song Jin
  • Article |

    The use of rigid linkers to control the relative position and interaction of donor and acceptor units in exciplex emitters leads to the realization of organic light-emitting devices with enhanced external quantum efficiency.

    • Xun Tang
    • , Lin-Song Cui
    • , Hong-Cheng Li
    • , Alexander J. Gillett
    • , Florian Auras
    • , Yang-Kun Qu
    • , Cheng Zhong
    • , Saul T. E. Jones
    • , Zuo-Quan Jiang
    • , Richard H. Friend
    •  & Liang-Sheng Liao
  • Article |

    Lithium metal is considered an ideal anode for high-energy rechargeable lithium batteries, but understanding its nucleation and growth at the nanoscale remains challenging. Using cryogenic transmission electron microscopy and simulations, a structural and morphological evolution scenario for Li deposits is proposed.

    • Xuefeng Wang
    • , Gorakh Pawar
    • , Yejing Li
    • , Xiaodi Ren
    • , Minghao Zhang
    • , Bingyu Lu
    • , Abhik Banerjee
    • , Ping Liu
    • , Eric J. Dufek
    • , Ji-Guang Zhang
    • , Jie Xiao
    • , Jun Liu
    • , Ying Shirley Meng
    •  & Boryann Liaw
  • Article |

    Solution processability is required for many industrial processes, but metal–organic frameworks are in general not dispersible, hindering their application. Here, a surface modification is reported that allows porous liquid formation and so synthesis of highly loaded and mechanically robust mixed matrix membranes.

    • Alexander Knebel
    • , Anastasiya Bavykina
    • , Shuvo Jit Datta
    • , Lion Sundermann
    • , Luis Garzon-Tovar
    • , Yury Lebedev
    • , Sara Durini
    • , Rafia Ahmad
    • , Sergey M. Kozlov
    • , Genrikh Shterk
    • , Madhavan Karunakaran
    • , Ionela Daniela Carja
    • , Dino Simic
    • , Irina Weilert
    • , Manfred Klüppel
    • , Ulrich Giese
    • , Luigi Cavallo
    • , Magnus Rueping
    • , Mohamed Eddaoudi
    • , Jürgen Caro
    •  & Jorge Gascon
  • Article |

    Efficient nanoparticle delivery into tumours has been a challenge in the field. It is now shown that the efficiency can be improved substantially when the dose breaches a specific threshold.

    • Ben Ouyang
    • , Wilson Poon
    • , Yi-Nan Zhang
    • , Zachary P. Lin
    • , Benjamin R. Kingston
    • , Anthony J. Tavares
    • , Yuwei Zhang
    • , Juan Chen
    • , Michael S. Valic
    • , Abdullah M. Syed
    • , Presley MacMillan
    • , Julien Couture-Senécal
    • , Gang Zheng
    •  & Warren C. W. Chan

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