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Volume 13 Issue 3, March 2018

Volume 13 Issue 3

Computational quest for 2D materials

Two-dimensional materials with a unique set of physical and chemical properties and the tangible potential for various electronic and optoelectronic applications have generated a substantial amount of experimental studies. Yet, all these works are based on only a few dozens of practically exfoliable materials. Using high-throughput calculations, N. Mounet and co-workers have now succeeded in identifying 1,825 potentially exfoliable two-dimensional materials and predicted some of their essential physical properties. The cover is an artist's depiction of diverse two-dimensional materials. The different colours represent different atoms in each flake. Some of the flakes are atomically thin and some consists of a few atomic layers.]

See Mounet, N et al. and Eriksson, O

Image: Giovanni Pizzi, EPFL, Switzerland. Cover Design: Alex Wing


  • Editorial |

    Applying a method commonly used in microbiology provides a new way to study the interaction of nanoparticles with environmental samples.

Research Highlights

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    Dielectric metalenses made of high-index materials can compensate material dispersion to achieve broadband imaging in the visible.

    • Thomas Zentgraf
  • News & Views |

    High-throughput electronic structure calculations, together with structural data-mining algorithms, allow the identification of new two-dimensional materials.

    • Olle Eriksson
  • News & Views |

    Light-responsive silicon nanowires modulate neuron activity in a non-invasive manner.

    • Guglielmo Lanzani



  • Letter |

    Nanowire devices exhibiting ballistic transport show characteristics of Majorana modes, ruling out alternative explanations other than topological superconductivity.

    • Önder Gül
    • Hao Zhang
    • Leo P. Kouwenhoven
  • Letter |

    A self-assembled modular siRNA delivery platform enables the construction of a theoretically unlimited repertoire of carriers to target distinct cell surface receptors in the service of personalized medicine.

    • Ranit Kedmi
    • Nuphar Veiga
    • Dan Peer


Amendments & Corrections

In the Classroom

  • In the Classroom |

    The spirit of collaboration in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Scotland served as a model for being creative in science, as Fraser Stoddart explains, recounting his journey to Stockholm.

    • Fraser Stoddart
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