Volume 4 Issue 1, January 2005

Volume 4 Issue 1

Microspheres assembled from prepolymer droplets or multicomponent suspensions

Cover design by Karen Moore




  • Commentary |

    For centuries, cooks have been applying recipes without looking for the mechanisms of the culinary transformations. A scientific discipline that explores these changes from raw ingredients to eating the final dish, is developing into its own field, termed molecular gastronomy. Here, one of the founders of the discipline discusses its aims and importance.

    • Hervé This

Research News

News and Views

  • News & Views |

    Understanding and tuning the insulating tunnel barrier layer in magnetic tunnel junctions is key to developing commercial spintronic devices. A naturally self-assembled insulating layer on bilayer manganites provides a highly sensitive model system.

    • Michael Coey
  • News & Views |

    The optical properties of lyotropic liquid crystals formed by a multilayer stack of lipid membranes have attracted growing interest owing to their potential use in photonics. A new study demonstrates unprecedented dynamic control over the order of such systems

    • Eric W. Kaler
  • News & Views |

    A detailed ab initio model of ferroelectric ordering in thin films shows that phase transitions and ferroelectric bistability occur down to diameters of 3.2 nm in nanodisks and nanorods. Unexpected circular or toroidal ordering of dipoles describes the low-temperature ground state, rather than conventional parallel or antiparallel atomic displacements.

    • J. F. Scott
  • News & Views |

    Chemists have sent molecules to primary school in the past decade. Now individual molecules can carry out addition and subtraction using different chemicals as the input bits and two fluorescence colours as the output bits.

    • A. P. De Silva
  • News & Views |

    The engineering performance of materials is controlled to a large extent by their elastic stress/strain response. The first X-ray strain measurements in amorphous metals allow for new understanding of complex glassy materials.

    • Gene Ice