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  • Thin films of BaTiO3 do not possess the same small switching fields and energies as the single-crystal form, hindering applications. Here, thin films are synthesized that enable switching for voltages <100 mV and fields <10 kV cm–1, and a pathway to subnanosecond switching is presented.

    • Y. Jiang
    • E. Parsonnet
    • L. W. Martin
    Article
  • Here the authors investigate lipid nanodiscs as drug carriers for antitumour immunotherapy. They demonstrate that flexible lipid nanodiscs functionalized with STING-activating cyclic dinucleotides exhibit superior tumour penetration and tumour cell uptake compared with spherical liposomes, resulting in improved antitumour T-cell priming and tumour regression.

    • Eric L. Dane
    • Alexis Belessiotis-Richards
    • Darrell J. Irvine
    Article Open Access
  • Extreme mechanical deformation processes can lead to nanograins in many metals, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Nanotwinning-assisted dynamic recrystallization is shown to facilitate grain refinement to the nanoscale at high strains and strain rates.

    • Ahmed A. Tiamiyu
    • Edward L. Pang
    • Christopher A. Schuh
    Article
  • A multiscale modelling platform combining nanoscale resonant scattering, mesoscale multiple scattering and macroscale light transport effectively predicts the macroscopic visual effects created by optical metamaterials with disordered nanostructures.

    • Kevin Vynck
    • Romain Pacanowski
    • Philippe Lalanne
    Article
  • Volatile organic compounds such as benzene are toxic pollutants that cause health issues even at trace concentrations. Here, a double-walled metal–organic framework is presented that demonstrates high uptake at very low pressures (<10 Pa), allowing the removal of benzene to below acceptable indoor limits.

    • Tao He
    • Xiang-Jing Kong
    • Jian-Rong Li
    Article Open Access
  • Departing from common approaches to designing Floquet topological insulators, here the authors present a photonic realization of Floquet topological insulators revealing topological phases that simultaneously support Chern and anomalous topological states.

    • Georgios G. Pyrialakos
    • Julius Beck
    • Demetrios N. Christodoulides
    Article
  • Slit-like nanochannels of pristine graphite and activated carbon, fabricated by van der Waals assembly of pristine or sculpted graphite crystals, enable comprehensive ionic response measurements and the systematic realization of their ion transport properties. These are attributed to optimal combinations of (mobile) surface charge and slippage effects at the channel wall surface in both pristine and activated nanochannels.

    • Theo Emmerich
    • Kalangi S. Vasu
    • Lydéric Bocquet
    Article
  • Nanometre-sized clusters can self-organize into centimetre-scale hierarchical structures, mimicking the complex constructions seen in nature and providing a platform to design synthetically directed advanced materials with sophisticated functions.

    • Haixiang Han
    • Shantanu Kallakuri
    • Richard D. Robinson
    Article
  • Cu2O is a promising platform to host Rydberg exciton–polaritons, where excitons strongly couple to cavity photons, however their realization has been elusive. Here, the authors report Rydberg exciton–polaritons with principal quantum numbers up to n = 6.

    • Konstantinos Orfanakis
    • Sai Kiran Rajendran
    • Hamid Ohadi
    Article