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Reviewing 2D non-graphene materials

Leading the next revolution in electronics and optoelectronics with two-dimensional non-graphene materials.

Electrode coupling holds the key for rectification in molecular diodes

New rectification mechanism provides simple strategy for the design of molecular diodes.

Oscillations in nanoscale antidot arrays

Enhancing the surface conduction of topological insulators.

Artificial protein-directed synthesis of solar-cell material

Using mutant proteins to enhance the performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell.

Controlling spin relaxation rate with light

Using infrared light to modulate spin relaxation times in semiconductor nanowires.

Conical nanopores rectify electroosmotic flows

Exploiting nonlinearities in ion transport for a new class of micro- and nanofluidic flow rectifiers.

Big data materials science for safer nuclear reactors

Reducing the possibility of hydrogen explosions during nuclear meltdowns with new iron-based coatings.

Polarizing colour filters for power-saving display

Developing more efficient liquid crystal display technology.

Ultraclean hexagonal boron nitride for flexible devices

Optimising the synthesis of large-area monolayer h-BN.

Designing nanoparticle dimers to achieve superbackscattering

Reaching the backscattering upper bound with nanoparticle pair designs.

Nanostructuration: increasing the thermoelectric properties of thin films

Improving thermoelectric applications with Ti-based silicide quantum dot superlattices.

Ultralong silver nanowires provide high- performance transparent conductive films

Developing a scalable synthesis method to the highest quality transparent conductive coatings on flexible substrates.

Titanium carbides: mechanical properties rival those of molybdenum disulphide

Examining the mechanical behavior of MXenes under tension with molecular dynamics.

Spin waves drive magnetic skyrmions

Magnetic skyrmions can be driven by spin waves in constricted geometries.

The wisdom of amoeba outperforms artificial intelligence

An amoeba-inspired computer solves a complex combinatorial problem more quickly than a conventional method.

Smart clocking for error-resilient straintronic multiferroic logic

Shaping the voltage pulse to overcome thermal noise.

The helium ion microscope: new bottom-up approach to three-dimensional nanostructures

Fabricating nanocones and nanopyramids with high-resolution patterning.

Etched holes increase speed of graphene electrodes

Reducing ionic impedance with reactive ion etching for improved supercapacitor performance.

Reconfiguring slanted plasmonic nanocolumnar thin films

Employing ion beam irradiation to tune photonic and plasmonic properties.

Nanostructuring film for improved oxygen intake

Understanding thin film microstructure for higher efficiency solid oxide fuel cells.