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    A new memory device in which the electric dipole, rather than the magnetic dipole, stores information at the single-molecule level is demonstrated.

    • Sadafumi Nishihara
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    In situ NMR and magnetic resonance imaging unravel new chemistries for the formation and growth of metal microstructures, with consequences on the solid–electrolyte interphase stability.

    • YuYe J. Tong
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    Overcoming the challenges of plastic detection in plants has made it possible to transfer many of the lessons learned from plant–metal nanoparticle interactions to plastic nanoparticles.

    • Fabienne Schwab
    • , Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser
    •  & Alke Petri-Fink
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    Co-drawing of metallic glass with polymers of similar viscosity–temperature behaviour enables highly uniform nanoscale cross-sectional features of various shapes in functional fibres without length limit.

    • A. Lindsay Greer
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    A combination of two different types of sites shows high catalytic performance for selective hydrogenation due to hydrogen spillover.

    • Zhi-Jian Zhao
    •  & Jinlong Gong
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    Breaking the mirror symmetry in twisted bilayer MoSe2 results in large scale exciton dipole oriented domains in a two-dimensional homostructure.

    • Paulina Plochocka
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    Tuning the twist angle in bilayer transitional metal dichalcogenides yields ordered structural phases with mesoscopically modulated electronic properties revealed by the combination of electron and scanning probe microscopies.

    • Sergei V. Kalinin
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    Nitric oxide, a gaseous neurotransmitter, can be electrochemically generated inside the brain to activate calcium ion channels, paving the way for implantable neurotransmitter probes.

    • Ki Tae Nam
    •  & Sunghak Park
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    Lattices of magnetic whirls are a promising model system to study phases and phase transitions in two dimensions.

    • Mathias Kläui
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    A new electrolyte gating technique probes the dynamics of the electrical double layer at the electrode–electrolyte interface. The experiments reveal an ion nanoconfinement effect that may help to explain supercapacitor charging mechanisms.

    • John M. Griffin
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    Radiative Auger processes in the single-photon limit provide insights in single particle states of quantum dots, which remain otherwise inaccessible.

    • Alexander Carmele
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    An approach to identify and classify different shapes of nanomaterials starting from transmission electron microscopy images could be a powerful instrument to categorize the different shapes of nanoparticles and fingerprint the geometrical variability of an ensemble.

    • Matteo Calvaresi
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    Increased delivery to immune cells in the cortex and paracortex of the lymph node can be achieved by conjugating cargo to nanoparticles via linkers that release at programmable rates.

    • Christopher J. H. Porter
    •  & Natalie L. Trevaskis
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    Simultaneous electrodeposition of metals facilitates the realization of memrisitive devices with high yield and improved reliability.

    • Ilia Valov
    •  & Yuchao Yang
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    A molecular reaction network translated from a computer-trained classifier can distinguish lung cancer patients from healthy individuals based on specific microRNAs in the blood.

    • Pepijn G. Moerman
    •  & Rebecca Schulman
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    Vibration modes of a single bacterium are detected experimentally by an optomechanical microcavity, providing a new method for vibrational spectrometry.

    • Da Xu
    •  & Yun-Feng Xiao
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    Combining single-molecule localization microscopy with flow cytometry and three-dimensional localization enables the high throughput and precise localization of fluorescent molecules in live flowing cells.

    • Jörg Enderlein
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    Lipid nanoparticles containing genetic drugs can be bioengineered to tune their biodistribution and induce organ-specific gene regulation.

    • Roy van der Meel
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    Atomically dispersed Rh on N-doped carbon exhibits promising electrocatalytic properties for formic acid oxidation while Rh nanoparticles are inert towards this reaction. The Rh single atoms exhibit high tolerance to CO poisoning compared to Rh nanoparticles.

    • Dohyung Kim
    •  & Matteo Cargnello
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    Nanoparticles covered with a mix of positively and negatively charged ligands aggregate into supraparticles in the lysosomes of cancer cells, disrupting the integrity of the lysosomal membrane and killing the cells without involving any anticancer drugs.

    • Jichuan Qiu
    •  & Younan Xia
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    Cell-derived extracellular vesicles are important intercellular communicators involved in many biological processes and diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases, but, thus far, how they navigate within complex extracellular matrices has been poorly understood.

    • Gregor Fuhrmann
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    The sensitivity and visual acuity of the eye of the shrimp L. vannamei are achieved via an exquisitely optimized nanostructured tapetum leading to a very high reflectivity in an ultrathin layer. Understanding the properties of such natural nanostructures can lead to the design of artificial photonic materials with enhanced properties.

    • Lukas Schertel
    •  & Silvia Vignolini
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    On two-dimensional layered materials, elemental sulfur can be controllably generated in a supercooled liquid state with enhanced electrochemical figures of merit compared to solid sulfur.

    • Dong Zhou
    •  & Guoxiu Wang
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    Targeting of local macrophages by functionalized carbon nanotubes enables efferocytosis and clearance of atherosclerotic plaques.

    • Gabrielle Fredman
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    A membrane placed below the plane of an emitter and a receiver can interact with the radiative modes and modulate heat transfer by as much as a factor of five.

    • Sheila Edalatpour
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    Desalination membranes based on the water transport through transient channels shows a new way to achieve high permeability and selectivity

    • Aleksandr Noy
    •  & Meni Wanunu
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    Tellurium thin films evaporated at cryogenic temperatures facilitate the realization of high performance wafer-scale flexible p-type field-effect transistors and various types of logic gates.

    • Seungjun Chung
    •  & Takhee Lee
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    The elusive Clar goblet, a magnetic, bowtie shaped nanographene is now synthesized and its peculiar magnetic ground state is characterized.

    • Manuel Melle-Franco
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    Nanostructures of electrically conducting polymers show plasmonic behaviour that indicates their promise as switchable optical materials.

    • Drew Evans
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    The magnetic phase diagram of thin-layered antiferromagnets is revealed experimentally by investigating the tunnelling conductance as a function of magnetic field. A rich magnetic behaviour in CrCl3 is uncovered, from which relevant magnetic information is extracted that is not easily available with other approaches.

    • Sergio O. Valenzuela
    •  & Stephan Roche
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    Composite electrodes made of nanowires and bovine serum albumin enable electrochemical protein biosensors that can be used in whole blood for a month or more.

    • John Justin Gooding
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    The motion of a single electron can now be sampled with picosecond resolution, which helps to characterize and understand non-equilibrium electron dynamics in nanoscale conductors.

    • G. Fève
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    Photoresponsive hydrogel pillars can be conveniently tuned to achieve either phototropic orientation or phototactic swimming.

    • Mingming Ma
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    The mechanistic electrochemical mass spectrometry study of ethylene production on Cu-based nanocatalysts under CO2/CO co-feeds indicates the existence of separate, reactant-specific surface adsorption sites for CO2 and CO, which guided the design of a multi-component CO2RR electrocatalyst.

    • Yifan Li
    •  & Peidong Yang
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    Raman intensity fluctuations in single-molecule measurements can now be followed with megahertz temporal sensitivity.

    • Danielle M. McRae
    •  & François Lagugné-Labarthet
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    Single-molecule devices with low variability can be made by decoupling electronic transport and chemical attachment to the electrode.

    • Dirk Mayer
    •  & Elke Scheer
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    Energy-efficient magnetization manipulation is a prerequisite for competitive spintronic devices. The Weyl semimetal WTe2 can act as a spin current source that enables magnetization switching of an adjacent ferromagnet at low power consumption and additionally induces chiral magnetism.

    • Marcos H. D. Guimarães
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    While heating a catalyst causes growth of nanoparticles through Ostwald ripening, repeated on/off high-temperature shockwaves can reverse the process, converting the nanoparticles into stable single-atom catalysts.

    • Abhaya K. Datye
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    Coherent ultrafast spectroscopy of nanofocused plasmonic pulses strengthens the nonlinear response in graphene, highlighting the origin of a new general phenomenon.

    • Andrea Giugni
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    A scalable manufacturing process for complex, high-quality superconductor/topological insulator structures could, in future, enable the production of topological quantum computation architectures.

    • Erwann Bocquillon
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    Gate-based reflectometry enables single-shot spin readout in double quantum dots. This can help to reduce the number of gates necessary to operate a spin qubit and the per qubit device footprint, while allowing fast measurement — important characteristics for scalable quantum computing architectures.

    • Xuedong Hu
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    The combination of a nanopore and an atomic force microscope allows stochastic sensing of secreted molecules and the activity of ion channels in arbitrary locations both inside and outside of a cell.

    • Amit Meller
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    Three-dimensional nanowire transistors with curvilinear tips record intracellular signals from neurons.

    • Yin Fang
    •  & Bozhi Tian
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    The combination of ferroelectrics and phase-change materials provides a route towards phase-change data storage at room temperature, without heating.

    • Robert E. Simpson
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    The development of devices that exploit the intrinsic properties of two-dimensional materials can provide opportunities for in-memory computing and area-efficient integrated circuits based on Moore’s law.

    • Du Xiang
    • , Tao Liu
    •  & Wei Chen
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    Grafting nanodroplets by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization can be carried out at liquid–liquid interfaces.

    • Anna Carlmark