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Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2017

In solids, conduction of ions and electrons usually occurs in separate channels and therefore multiphase materials need to be engineered for applications, such as energy storage devices, where both particles need to be transported. Now J. Smet and co-workers have found that lithium ions diffuse within bilayer graphene faster than in graphite by an order of magnitude. In combination with the fast electronic conduction of graphene sheets, this system offers both ionic and electronic conductivity within the same single-phase solid material. The cover image is an artistic depiction of lithium ions intercalating and moving at speed within bilayer graphene.

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IMAGE: MATTHIAS KüHNE AND JURGEN H. SMET

COVER DESIGN: DAVID SHAND

Volume 12 Issue 9

Editorial

  • The publication of a white paper on nanoscience in China sets the scene for the country's future in the field.

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Commentary

  • Despite graphene's apparent potential for anti-corrosion coatings, it is cathodic to most metals and can promote corrosion at exposed graphene–metal interfaces. This may accelerate dangerous localized corrosion that can seriously weaken the coated metals.

    • Chenlong Cui
    • Alane Tarianna O. Lim
    • Jiaxing Huang
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Research Highlights

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News & Views

  • Two independent methods using near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons and magnetic brightening allow the observation of dark excitons in WSe2.

    • Kian Ping Loh
    News & Views
  • A superlattice of gold nanoparticles shows stable lasing at different frequencies.

    • Päivi Törmä
    News & Views
  • Hollow, nanoscale metal filaments in open-mesh architectures provide soft, shape-conformal electrical interfaces to the skin as the basis for high-precision, irritation-free sensing platforms.

    • John A. Rogers
    News & Views
  • Nanoparticles that capture antigens produced in situ by tumours induce the 'abscopal' effect, improving the treatment of distant cancer lesions.

    • Willem J. M. Mulder
    • Sacha Gnjatic
    News & Views
  • Fast and scalable molecular logic circuits have been constructed by spatially localizing DNA hairpins on DNA origami scaffolds.

    • André Estevez-Torres
    • Yannick Rondelez
    News & Views
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Review Article

  • This review covers recent advances in nanoparticle and nanoscaffolding systems for the treatment of ischemic cardiomyopathy with emphasis on regenerative medicine, cell therapy and drug delivery technologies.

    • Morteza Mahmoudi
    • Mikyung Yu
    • Omid C. Farokhzad
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In the Classroom

  • How do you explain a topic like cancer nanotechnology to non-experts? Nicole Steinmetz illustrates an approach combining science and the performing arts.

    • Nicole Steinmetz
    In the Classroom
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