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Nature Materials journal covers a range of topics within materials science, from materials engineering and structural materials (metals, alloys, ceramics, composites) to organic and soft materials (glasses, colloids, liquid crystals, polymers).

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Effects of interlayer confinement and hydration on capacitive charge storage in birnessite

Nature Materials, Published online: 02 August 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01066-4Nanostructured birnessite exhibits high specific capacitance and, while an important electrode material for high-power energy storage devices, its capacitive mechanism remains unclear. Capacitive charge storage in birnessite is now shown to be governed by interlayer cation...

Polycrystalline SnSe with a thermoelectric figure of merit greater than the single crystal

Nature Materials, Published online: 02 August 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01064-6SnSe has a very high thermoelectric figure of merit ZT, but uncommonly polycrystalline samples have higher lattice thermal conductivity than single crystals. Here, by controlling Sn reagent purity and removing SnOx impurities, a lower thermal conductivity is achieved,...

Breaking thermoelectric performance limits

Nature Materials, Published online: 02 August 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01065-5Through meticulous care for detail, researchers have now shattered the ceiling on thermoelectric performance, achieving a figure of merit above 3 for bulk SnSe polycrystalline powder.

Photocurable bioresorbable adhesives as functional interfaces between flexible bioelectronic devices and soft biological tissues

Nature Materials, Published online: 29 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01051-xA functional interfacial material has been developed for soft integration of bioelectronic devices with biological tissues. This has been applied in battery-free optoelectronic systems for deep-brain optogenetics and subdermal phototherapy as well as wireless millimetre-scale...

A hybrid erbium(III)–bacteriochlorin near-infrared probe for multiplexed biomedical imaging

Nature Materials, Published online: 29 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01063-7An erbium(III)–bacteriochlorin probe with large Stokes shift and efficient near-infrared to near-infrared energy conversion enables multiplexed imaging of deep tissues in living animals.

Extending insertion electrochemistry to soluble layered halides with superconcentrated electrolytes

Nature Materials, Published online: 29 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01060-wInsertion compounds in layered oxide or sulfide electrodes provide the fundamental basis of current commercialized Li-ion batteries. The feasibility of reversibly intercalating Li+ electrochemically into halide compounds via the use of superconcentrated electrolytes is now...

Author Correction: Interface migration by phase transformations

Nature Materials, Published online: 29 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01083-3Author Correction: Interface migration by phase transformations

Publisher Correction: Synthetic Rashba spin–orbit system using a silicon metal-oxide semiconductor

Nature Materials, Published online: 28 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01086-0Publisher Correction: Synthetic Rashba spin–orbit system using a silicon metal-oxide semiconductor

Getting a grip with kirigami

Nature Materials, Published online: 28 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01067-3An implantable stent inspired by kirigami has been developed and integrated with a fluidically driven soft actuator to deliver drugs to tubular organs in the body such as the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts.

Controlling topology with strain

Nature Materials, Published online: 28 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-021-01043-xLarge uniaxial strain drives a sequence of topological phase transitions in the quasi-one-dimensional superconductor TaSe3, paving the way for the reversible control of surface spin currents.

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