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  • 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
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  • 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.

  • Olga Malinkiewicz, founder of Saule Technologies, discusses her transition from academia to industry.

    • Olga Malinkiewicz
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  • From the discovery of the Seebeck effect in the nineteenth century to its application in the latest space probes, thermoelectrics have carved out a niche for reliable applications.

  • Chinese researchers demonstrate quantum computational advantage with photons at room temperature.

  • Sir John Meurig Thomas, who was one of the leading materials and catalytic scientists of his generation, sadly died in November 2020, aged 87.

    • Richard Catlow
    • Graham Hutchings
  • Over the last few years, there has been a shift towards the use of three-dimensional multicellular structures that more closely recapitulate native tissues and organs as tools to understand development, physiology and pathology.

  • After years of speculation over who would be recognized for the pioneering work on the gene editing tool CRISPR–Cas9, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry has finally been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna.

  • The discovery of long-range magnetic order, strong correlations and superconductivity in 2D materials provides new opportunities to study and control these phenomena.

  • Strong light–matter coupling in quantum cavities provides a pathway to break fundamental materials symmetries, like time-reversal symmetry in chiral cavities. This Comment discusses the potential to realize non-equilibrium states of matter that have so far been only accessible in ultrafast and ultrastrong laser-driven materials.

    • Hannes Hübener
    • Umberto De Giovannini
    • Angel Rubio
  • Electron microscopy touches on nearly every aspect of modern life, underpinning materials development for quantum computing, energy and medicine. We discuss the open, highly integrated and data-driven microscopy architecture needed to realize transformative discoveries in the coming decade.

    • Steven R. Spurgeon
    • Colin Ophus
    • Mitra L. Taheri
  • The expanding realm of diamond and related superhard materials requires understanding their structural complexity and the correlation with synthesis conditions for potential properties engineering.

  • Avelino Corma, professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ-CSIC-Polytechnical University of Valencia), talks to Nature Materials about challenges facing zeolites, and issues faced in commercializing research.

    • Stephen Shevlin
  • Zeolites have proven to be a boon for industrial catalysis, and our knowledge of how chemical processes work in these materials continues to increase.

  • Classical experiments from solid-state electrochemistry can be used to determine the charge of ions in solids. This Comment also clarifies how the charge of point defects fits with the standard picture of ionic charge, and highlights differences between these electrochemical experiments and methods that probe electrons directly.

    • Roger A. De Souza
    • David N. Mueller
  • Twenty years after the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of conducting polymers, we reflect on the open research questions and the status of commercial development of these materials.

  • Shirakawa, MacDiarmid and Heeger received the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of conducting polymers. Here we summarize the impact of (semi)conducting polymers on fundamental research, synthetic accessibility at scale, industrial applicability and the future.

    • Xugang Guo
    • Antonio Facchetti
  • Meteoritic diamonds and synthesized diamond-related materials contain a wide variety of complex nanostructures. This Comment highlights and classifies this structural complexity by a systematic hierarchical approach, and discusses the perspectives on nanostructure and properties engineering of diamond-related materials.

    • Péter Németh
    • Kit McColl
    • Paul F. McMillan