Materials chemistry articles from across Nature Portfolio

Materials chemistry involves the use of chemistry for the design and synthesis of materials with interesting or potentially useful physical characteristics, such as magnetic, optical, structural or catalytic properties. It also involves the characterization, processing and molecular-level understanding of these substances.


Latest Research and Reviews

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    | Open Access

    The development of ultramicroporous covalent organic frameworks (COFs) remains a daunting challenge. Here, the authors report a pore partition strategy, which allows for the segmentation of mesopores of COFs into multiple uniform ultramicroporous domains.

    • Xiaoyi Xu
    • , Xinyu Wu
    •  & Ning Huang
  • Research |

    Analysis of dendrite initiation, owing to filling of pores with lithium by means of microcracks, and propagation, caused by wedge opening, shows that there are two separate processes during dendrite failure of lithium metal solid-state batteries.

    • Ziyang Ning
    • , Guanchen Li
    •  & Peter G. Bruce
    Nature 618, 287-293
  • Research
    | Open Access

    Preparation of porous liquids are fluids with the permanent porosity still requires complicated and tedious use of porous hosts and bulky liquids. Here, the authors develop a facile method to produce a porous metal-organic cage liquid by self-assembly of long polyethylene glycolimidazolium chain functional linkers, calixarene molecules and Zn ions.

    • Chang He
    • , Yu-Huang Zou
    •  & Yuan-Biao Huang
  • Research
    | Open Access

    Growth constitutes a powerful method to post-modulate materials’ structures and functions without compromising their mechanical performance for sustainable use, but the process is irreversible. To address this issue, the authors here report a growing-degrowing strategy that enables thermosetting materials to either absorb or release components for continuously changing their sizes, shapes, compositions, and a set of properties simultaneously.

    • Xiaozhuang Zhou
    • , Yijun Zheng
    •  & Jiaxi Cui
  • Research
    | Open Access

    Producing functional soft fibers via existing spinning methods is environmentally and economically costly due to the complexity of spinning equipment, involvement of copious solvents, intensive consumption of energy. Here, the authors report a nonsolvent vapor-induced phase separation spinning approach under ambient conditions, which resembles the native spider silk fibrillation’.

    • Songlin Zhang
    • , Mengjuan Zhou
    •  & Swee Ching Tan

News and Comment

  • Comments & Opinion |

    Automated experiments with integrated characterization techniques greatly accelerate materials synthesis and provide data to be used by machine learning algorithms. We reflect on the current use of data-driven automated experimentation in materials synthesis and consider the future of this approach.

    • Jonghee Yang
    •  & Mahshid Ahmadi
  • News & Views |

    Aromatic molecules with multiple one-half twists are synthesized using different precursors and synthetic routes. The pseudo-helicoidal structural chirality of these molecules and the loop of the twisted π-electronic structure fully overlap, thus giving rise to enhanced chiroptical responses.

    • Qian Miao
    •  & Juan Casado
  • News & Views |

    The synthesis of MXenes is generally constrained by poorly understood and largely uncontrollable chemical reactions. Now, with the use of chemical scissors and guest intercalants, new MXenes have been created with finely tuned microstructures, compositions and surface ligands.

    • Xinliang Li
  • News & Views |

    An ultra-microporous metal–organic framework glass foam shows outstanding gas sieving properties for challenging gas mixtures.

    • Chinmoy Das
    •  & Sebastian Henke