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Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 25 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-023-00538-0An article in ACS Nano uses a nonspecific crosslinker to covalently stabilize a variety of 2D and 3D nanocrystal superlattices.

Tracking pores in real time

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 24 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-023-00536-2An article in Science reports new insight in the formation of defects during 3D printing of metals and presents a highly accurate method to track defects as they form, opening the way for closed-loop control systems.

Knowledge-integrated machine learning for materials: lessons from gameplaying and robotics

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 24 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-022-00513-1Machine learning is increasingly popular in materials science research. This Review generalizes learnings from applied machine learning in robotics and gameplaying and extends it to materials science. In particular, hybrid approaches combining model-based and...

Self-healing Roman concrete

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 24 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-023-00539-zAn article in Science Advances explains the mechanisms behind the durability of ancient Roman concrete.

A plea for the efficient use of wood in construction

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 23 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-023-00534-4The transition to climate-friendly cities has led to a renaissance of wood as a renewable building material. To prevent severe raw material shortages in the future, the material-first utilization of wood in long-living, resource-efficient engineered wood products...

Clamping strategies for organ-on-a-chip devices

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 19 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-022-00523-zClamping devices have been implemented in organ-on-a-chip systems to facilitate on-chip culture of complex biological models, the performance of various readouts and the selection of proper materials. In this Review, we highlight the current status of clamping...

Passive, active and endogenous organ-targeted lipid and polymer nanoparticles for delivery of genetic drugs

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 19 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-022-00529-7Nucleic acids for gene silencing, expression and editing can precisely target disease at the molecular level but require effective delivery systems. This Review discusses the material and biological principles used to design delivery systems to target specific...

It’s your lab: collaborative, multidisciplinary science at the Molecular Foundry

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 16 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-023-00533-5The solutions to many of today’s challenges will be found at the frontier of advanced materials research and will require collaboration across synthesis, characterization, fabrication and theory. While good ideas can be generated anywhere by anyone, scientific...

Towards micro-PeLED displays

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 11 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-022-00522-0Halide perovskite light-emitting diodes display excellent optoelectronic properties and are easy to fabricate. This Perspective article discusses the potential of perovskite emitters for the miniaturization of perovskite light-emitting diodes and provides a technical...

Peptide-based liquid droplets as emerging delivery vehicles

Nature Reviews Materials, Published online: 09 January 2023; doi:10.1038/s41578-022-00528-8Peptides are small yet versatile building blocks of biomaterials. This Comment highlights recent progress in the design of liquid-like microdroplets, or coacervates, based on peptides and produced through liquid–liquid phase separation. This emerging platform...

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