Nanoscience and technology

Nanoscience and technology is the branch of science that studies systems and manipulates matter on atomic, molecular and supramolecular scales (the nanometre scale). On such a length scale, quantum mechanical and surface boundary effects become relevant, conferring properties on materials that are not observable on larger, macroscopic length scales.

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  • Editorial |

    Qubits come in many shapes and forms. Some are better developed, some will make it easier to scale up to big quantum processors and some will require less effort to correct errors. One thing they have in common: they will all benefit from materials optimization.

  • News & Views |

    A seemingly disordered network of nanowires governed by thermodynamics is used as the physical ‘reservoir’ in a memristive implementation of reservoir computing to process spatiotemporal information.

    • Qiangfei Xia
    • , J. Joshua Yang
    •  & Rivu Midya
  • News & Views |

    The misalignment of crystal lattices in stacked monolayers of materials has been shown to prevent heat flow between the layers, while retaining flow within them. This finding opens up an inventive way to control heat at the nanoscale.

    • Mariusz Zdrojek
    Nature 597, 637-638