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Volume 6 Issue 1, January 2007

A complete solution of the atomic structure of a binary icosahedral quasicrystal.

Cover design by David Shand

Article by Hiroyuki Takakura et al.

Volume 6 Issue 1

Editorial

  • As the leading physical sciences journal, Nature Materials remains devoted to new developments in exciting research areas such as multiferroics.

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Commentary

  • Organic materials can offer a low-cost alternative for printed electronics and flexible displays. However, research in these systems must exploit the differences — via molecular-level control of functionality — compared with inorganic electronics if they are to become commercially viable.

    • M. Berggren
    • D. Nilsson
    • N. D. Robinson
    Commentary
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Research Highlights

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News & Views

  • A close look at the mechanism by which benzene starts to polymerize under pressure leads to a new way of understanding and eventually manipulating the synthesis of new carbon-based solids.

    • Paul F. McMillan
    News & Views
  • Contrary to bulk materials, high-resolution microscopy of ultra-thin ferroelectric films finds only a weak coupling of polarization down to unit-cell dimensions. The established theoretical picture can be resurrected by the inclusion of epitaxial strain effects.

    • Paul Muralt
    News & Views
  • The full potential of nanoparticles in imparting new functionalities in polymer nanocomposites remains largely untapped. A widely applicable, two-solvent processing approach provides a hierarchical structure, affording unparalleled composite performance enhancement.

    • Evangelos Manias
    News & Views
  • The complete atomic distribution of a binary natural quasicrystal has been achieved by complementing X-ray diffraction patterns with the structure of closely related crystals. The result represents an essential starting point to find the atomic structure of more complex quasicrystals.

    • Patricia Thiel
    News & Views
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Review Article

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Letter

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Article

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Focus

  • Multiferroics, materials that simultaneously show ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity, have recently seen a significant revival based on the discovery of new compounds with a strong multiferroic coupling. In this focus issue of Nature Materialswe review the intriguing fundamental physics governing multiferroics as well as - important for applications - recent progress in the growth of multiferroic thin films.

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