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  • 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.

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

    Editorial
  • Pioneer of polyamorphism and enthusiast for the solid state.

    • Andrea Sella
    • Alexandra Navrotsky
    Obituary
  • 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.

    Editorial
  • From the realization of their true nature one hundred years ago to the latest approaches for structuring materials using molecular weaving, high-molecular-weight polymers still have much to offer society.

    Editorial
  • Proposed new regulations for the European battery industry could end up making the electrification of transport harder — and reveal the complexity of creating sustainable markets.

    Editorial
  • Ferrimagnets and topological insulators offer new platforms for utilizing the spin of electrons in functional materials.

    Editorial
  • Automated experiments can accelerate research and development. ‘Flexible automation’ enables the cost- and time-effective design, construction and reconfiguration of automated experiments. Flexible automation is empowering researchers to deploy new science and technology faster than ever before.

    • Benjamin P. MacLeod
    • Fraser G. L. Parlane
    • Curtis P. Berlinguette
    Comment
  • Innovations in soft materials design and engineering are delivering promising functional components for advanced soft robotic applications.

    Editorial
  • New classes of functional soft materials show promise to revolutionize robotics. Now materials scientists must focus on realizing the predicted performance of these materials and developing effective and robust interfaces to integrate them into highly functional robotic systems that have a positive impact on human life.

    • Philipp Rothemund
    • Yoonho Kim
    • Christoph Keplinger
    Comment
  • Nanoarchitecture design of materials offers great opportunities to achieve unusual properties, but requires fabrication techniques that ensure sufficient resolution and material quality.

    Editorial
  • Research continues to showcase the versatility and application potential of perovskites, while our understanding of their structural and mechanical properties continues to improve.

    Editorial
  • DNA is much more than the genetic information it carries. It is a versatile material for creating systems with tailor-made functionalities that are having an important impact in emerging technologies.

    Editorial
  • Gabriele Rainò, Lukas Novotny and Martin Frimmer discuss the approach they are pursuing at ETH Zürich to provide students with an education in quantum engineering.

    • Gabriele Rainò
    • Lukas Novotny
    • Martin Frimmer
    Why it Matters
  • Technological civilization often depends on processes that have a significant environmental impact, but emissions control catalysts or porous adsorbent materials can ameliorate these risks.

    Editorial
  • The area confined between grains in polycrystalline materials can undergo phase transformations under external stimuli, providing prospects for materials design based on grain boundary phase engineering.

    Editorial
  • The Biden administration proposed a huge boost in US federal research spending. Materials science, and many other fields, would win big if Congress agrees to the president’s sweeping agenda.

    Editorial
  • Suhas Eswarappa Prameela, K. T. Ramesh and Tim Weihs highlight how students and postdocs can develop their competencies and skills during research collaboration.

    • Suhas Eswarappa Prameela
    • K. T. Ramesh
    • Timothy P. Weihs
    Why it Matters
  • The next stage of the Graphene Flagship is marked by a €20 million investment for an experimental Pilot Line, promoting the transition of devices based on two-dimensional materials from research to industry.

    Editorial