Micropillar array electrodes are designed and printed  for high biophotoelectrochemical performance

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Read about semi-artificial photosynthesis, low voltage ferroelectric switching, and exciton-polariton physics. We also feature a Comment on flexible automation.


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  • The partial oxidation of CH4 to CH3OH is challenging to perform in artificial systems due to ready over-oxidation to CO and CO2. Here by confining mono-iron hydroxyl sites in a metal–organic framework, photo-oxidation of CH4 to CH3OH is achieved with high selectivity and time yield.

    • Bing An
    • Zhe Li
    • Martin Schröder
  • Here the authors describe a method for remote magnetothermal stimulation of neurons that achieves subsecond behavioural responses in Drosophila fruit flies by combining magnetic nanoparticles with TRPA1-A, a rate-sensitive thermoreceptor. Tuning the properties of magnetic nanoparticles to respond to different magnetic field strengths and frequencies enables multichannel thermal magnetogenetic stimulation.

    • Charles Sebesta
    • Daniel Torres Hinojosa
    • Jacob T. Robinson
  • Hafnium dioxide is of technological interest as it is compatible with silicon; however, previous work indicates that a nanometre grain size is required to generate ferroelectricity. Here ferroelectric Y-doped HfO2 thin films with high crystallinity are grown with large crystal grain sizes, indicating that ferroelectricity is intrinsic.

    • Yu Yun
    • Pratyush Buragohain
    • Xiaoshan Xu
  • Hui Deng, professor at the University of Michigan, talks to Nature Materials about the evolution of research in polariton physics over recent years and discusses the role of emerging materials in promoting a scenery full of challenges and possibilities.

    • Amos Martinez
  • Materials discovery and advances in synthesis are driving the fields of exciton and exciton–polariton physics, moving towards on-demand engineering of many-body quasiparticle interactions in solid-state systems.

  • Materials scientists have played a key role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the development of vaccines and diagnostic tools to the rapid prototyping of ventilators.

  • A return to in-person and hybrid conferences is more than welcome and sure to inspire.

  • Pioneer of polyamorphism and enthusiast for the solid state.

    • Andrea Sella
    • Alexandra Navrotsky
  • The dissemination of synthetic biology into materials science is creating an evolving class of functional, engineered living materials that can grow, sense and adapt similar to biological organisms.


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