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  • This Review examines conventional epitaxial growth of 2D van der Waals materials, focusing on in-plane single-crystal monolayer growth and out-of-plane homostructure fabrication. It covers nucleation and orientation control, quality control measures, and homogeneous multilayer and twisted homostructure growth techniques, providing systematic insights for on-demand fabrication of 2D van der Waals materials and their industrial device manufacturing.

    • Can Liu
    • Tianyao Liu
    • Kaihui Liu
    Review Article
  • Room-temperature wafer-scale thermal evaporation of 20 different polycrystalline rare-earth-metal fluoride films for their use in 2D transistors is demonstrated.

    • Tibor Grasser
    • Michael Waltl
    • Theresia Knobloch
    News & Views
  • Coexisting ferroelectricity and Chern insulators have been achieved using a doubly aligned magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene device. This device enables selective switching of topologically protected edge states and quasi-continuous ferroelectric levels that can support noise-immune neuromorphic computing applications.

    Research Briefing
  • A metallic line defect in a layer of molybdenum disulfide can serve as an atomically narrow gate electrode demonstrating how to further miniaturize two-dimensional field effect transistors.

    • Wouter Jolie
    • Thomas Michely
    News & Views
  • A platform for optical levitation of nanoparticles on the surface of a chip shows promise for portable quantum sensors of motion and force.

    • Tania S. Monteiro
    News & Views
  • Minimally invasive cellular-level target-specific neuromodulation is needed to decipher brain function and neural circuitry. Here nano-magnetogenetics using magnetic force actuating nanoparticles has been reported, enabling wireless and remote stimulation of targeted deep brain neurons in freely behaving animals.

    • Seo-Hyun Choi
    • Jihye Shin
    • Jinwoo Cheon
  • Driven by carbon neutral targets, proton exchange membrane water electrolysis is becoming a hot technology due to its capability to convert fluctuating power into green hydrogen. Unfortunately, despite tremendous resources invested in fundamental research, only very few research outcomes have successfully translated into the development of industrial-scale electrolysers.

    • Hua Bing Tao
    • Han Liu
    • Nanfeng Zheng
  • Here the authors present a pH-sensitive DNA origami nanoswitch that hides ligands for death receptors and displays them as a cytotoxic hexagonal pattern in acidic tumour microenvironments. This reduces tumour growth in a murine model of breast cancer with minimal on-target, off-tumour toxicity.

    • Yang Wang
    • Igor Baars
    • Björn Högberg
    ArticleOpen Access
  • This Review explores adopting 2D semiconductors to overcome the scaling bottleneck of Si-based electronics. Recent trends and potential approaches for the development of 2D materials as a channel are discussed. Following this, the prerequisites, obstacles and feasible technologies for integrating contacts and gate dielectrics with 2D semiconductor-based channels are examined. The Review also provides an industrial perspective towards facilitating monolithic 3D integration.

    • Ki Seok Kim
    • Junyoung Kwon
    • Jeehwan Kim
    Review Article
  • A one-pot kinetically controlled synthetic framework for constructing regioselective architectures in a series of well-defined metallic heterostructures is demonstrated, in which phase and morphology regulation of Pd–Sb substrate are implemented to validate the kinetically controlled synthesis.

    • Xuan Huang
    • Jie Feng
    • Xiaoqing Huang
  • Simulations show that two-dimensional-material-based static random-access memory (SRAM) circuits leverage their low parasitic capacitance, counteracting performance declines due to increased interconnect resistance and potentially surpassing Si-based SRAM in terms of both performance and energy efficiency at advanced technology nodes.

    • Yu-Cheng Lu
    • Jing-Kai Huang
    • Vita Pi-Ho Hu
  • The use of hyperbole in scientific literature is increasing, undermining effective scientific communication.