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Creation of moiré bands in a monolayer semiconductor by spatially periodic dielectric screening

Nature Materials, Published online: 21 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00888-yThe moiré pattern that is formed between well-aligned graphene and hexagonal boron nitride can modify the properties of WSe2 (placed close by without intentional angle alignment), leading to the formation of a mini Brillouin zone and the folding of the bands in WSe2.

Revisiting metal fluorides as lithium-ion battery cathodes

Nature Materials, Published online: 21 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00893-1Metal-fluoride-based lithium-ion battery cathodes are typically classified as conversion materials because reconstructive phase transitions are presumed to occur upon lithiation. Metal fluoride lithiation is now shown to be dominated instead by diffusion-controlled displacement...

Self-repair protects microtubules from destruction by molecular motors

Nature Materials, Published online: 21 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00905-0Molecular motors destroy a microtubule lattice as they walk on it, but it is now shown that a self-healing process incorporates new dimers in the damaged regions and prevents microtubule disassembly.

Magic clusters are better together

Nature Materials, Published online: 19 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00910-3Hybrid materials constructed from the assembly of inorganic building blocks and organic linkers have shown unique properties and applications. Superstructures of semiconductor magic-sized nanoclusters linked by diamines now join this class of materials.

Publisher Correction: Ferroelastic-switching-driven large shear strain and piezoelectricity in a hybrid ferroelectric

Nature Materials, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-00929-0Publisher Correction: Ferroelastic-switching-driven large shear strain and piezoelectricity in a hybrid ferroelectric

A light-induced phononic symmetry switch and giant dissipationless topological photocurrent in ZrTe<sub>5</sub>

Nature Materials, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00882-4Femtosecond optical pulses are used to generate coherent phonons that break inversion symmetry and drive anisotropic terahertz photocurrents in the topological material ZrTe5.

Highly luminescent and catalytically active suprastructures of magic-sized semiconductor nanoclusters

Nature Materials, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00880-6Assembly of magic-sized nanoclusters into suprastructures leads to enhanced luminescence and catalytic activity for CO2 conversion while substantially extending their ambient stability.

Twisting the thermoelectric potential

Nature Materials, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00908-xA multifunctional device produces a much-improved thermoelectric-driven transverse voltage by exploiting a thermoelectric current to drive an anomalous Hall effect in a ferromagnet.

Probing a mesoscopic elephant

Nature Materials, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00915-yUsing resonant inelastic X-ray scattering, a new experimental window is opened on fundamental magnetic excitations in mesoscopic ferromagnets.

Seebeck-driven transverse thermoelectric generation

Nature Materials, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00884-2Transverse thermeoelectrics can simplify devices as the electric field and heat gradient are perpendicular, but the power output is much less than in standard devices. Here, by forming a closed circuit of thermoelectric and magnetic materials, a much larger transverse...

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