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  • Yutao Li
  • Scott Dietrich
  • Cory R. Dean


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  • Persistent luminescence is a promising bioimaging technique that is not affected by background autofluorescence, but its in vivo application is challenged by the fact that the materials currently available are activated by high-energy light, with emission in the ultraviolet and visible spectral windows. In this paper the authors engineer X-ray activated, lanthanide-based nanoparticles with a tunable emission in the biologically relevant NIR-II spectral region, which allows high-contrast, multimodal in vivo deep-tissue organ imaging.

    • Peng Pei
    • Ying Chen
    • Fan Zhang
  • Among the candidates for large-scale quantum computing devices, silicon-based spin qubits offer an outstanding nanofabrication capability for scaling-up. In an array of three spin qubits in silicon, high-fidelity state preparation and control enable the creation of a three-qubit Greenberger–Horne–Zeilinger state with 88% state fidelity.

    • Kenta Takeda
    • Akito Noiri
    • Seigo Tarucha
  • The proposal of a FAIR-aligned Nanosafety Data Interface can advance findability, accessibility and interoperability across physicochemical, bio–nano interaction, human toxicity, omics, ecotoxicological and exposure data.

    • Nina Jeliazkova
    • Margarita D. Apostolova
    • Penny Nymark
    • This Review presents the emerging understanding of the importance of the dynamic and evolving protein corona composition in mediating the fate, transport and biological identity of nanomaterials in the environment. Principles specific to the environment are presented, along with a perspective on next steps toward mechanistic and predictive insights for the next phase of eco-corona studies.

      • Korin E. Wheeler
      • Andrew J. Chetwynd
      • Iseult Lynch
      Review Article
    • Van der Waals heterostructures serve as a platform for memory devices with ultra-fast writing speeds and non-volatile retention times, motivating their use in integrated circuits and systems.

      • Thomas Szkopek
      News & Views
    • This Review provides an overview of four platform technologies that are currently used in the clinic for delivery of nucleic acid therapeutics, describing their properties, discussing technical advancements that led to clinical approval, and highlighting examples of approved genetic drugs that make use of these technologies.

      • Jayesh A. Kulkarni
      • Dominik Witzigmann
      • Roy van der Meel
      Review Article
    • Thanks to a stable fluorinated interphase formed on top of a Zn metal anode, a Zn metal battery shows 99.9% Coulombic efficiency and record-high Zn utilization.

      • Guojin Liang
      • Chunyi Zhi
      News & Views
  • The FAIR principles provide compelling guidelines on how to achieve reusability of nanotechnology data.

  • The challenge of assessing the scope and magnitude of risk from nanomaterials is urgent for society and ignoring risks could be detrimental for development. This challenge is bigger than the individual capacities on each side of the Atlantic, but effective cross-Atlantic collaboration can solve essential riddles about the use of nanomaterials.

    • Janeck James Scott-Fordsmand
    • Mónica João de Barros Amorim
    • Christine Ogilvie Hendren
  • Research on nanoplastic has already provided some significant results but it has also exposed a large number of open questions.

  • The nanotechnology-enabled mRNA-based vaccine platform recently approved against COVID-19 bears hope for improved vaccine development and trialling capacities in low- and middle-income countries as part of a broader global public health agenda.

    • Steffi Friedrichs
    • Diana M. Bowman
When nanotechnology focuses on COVID-19

When nanotechnology focuses on COVID-19

In face of the coronavirus pandemic, the nanotechnology community has joined forces to provide tools and expertise to COVID-19 research efforts. Long-term experience in drug delivery, nanovaccines, immunoengineering, biosensors and platform technologies positions nanotechnology in a unique place to tackle some of the key issues in preclinical and clinical COVID-19 research

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