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Nanotechnology research highlights: find out what the authors have to say

Molybdenum disulfide nanosheets – Are they safe?

Determining the biosafety of MoS2 by cytotoxicity assay and electrical impedance studies.

Multifunctional nanocomposites help diagnose and treat cancer

Folic acid modified magnetic-hollow gold nanospheres show great potential for cancer diagnosis and therapy.

Can Moore’s Law make a comeback?

New research on hollow semiconductor nanotubes offers hope.

Inducing magnetism in phosphorene nanoribbons under strain

Magnetic stability in phosphorene nanoribbons can be realised from the dual tuning of geometric and electronic transitions.

Targeting melanoma with peptide-conjugated nanoparticles

Comparing active and passive targeting strategies using ultrasmall gold nanoparticles.

Core-shell structure enhances electrochemical properties

A facile and eco-friendly way to fabricate core-shell nanowires with improved specific capacitance, stability and rate capability.

Fibril formation toughens graphene–polymer nanocomposite

Forming polymer fibrils to prevent ruptures in graphene-polymer nanocomposites.

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.