List of Edited Articles

Recently published articles handled as primary editor:

2024

124.Transient chemical and structural changes in graphene oxide during ripening

Hayato Otsuka, Koki Urita, Nobutaka Honma, Takashi Kimuro, Yasushi Amako, Radovan Kukobat, Teresa J. Bandosz, Junzo Ukai, Isamu Moriguchi, Katsumi Kaneko

Transient chemical and structural changes in graphene oxide during ripening

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 1708, 2024, (Graphene oxide is in demand for various applications - however, this is complicated by changing physicochemical properties over time. Here, the authors show the intrinsic, metastable, and transient states of graphene oxide colloids upon ripening. ).

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123.Insights into structural defect formation in individual InP/ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots under UV oxidation

Hayeon Baek, Sungsu Kang, Junyoung Heo, Soonmi Choi, Ran Kim, Kihyun Kim, Nari Ahn, Yeo-Geon Yoon, Taekjoon Lee, Jae Bok Chang, Kyung Sig Lee, Young-Gil Park, Jungwon Park

Insights into structural defect formation in individual InP/ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots under UV oxidation

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 1671, 2024, (InP/ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) are promising candidates for advanced light-emitting diodes, but low emission efficiency due to oxidation hampers applications. Here, the authors provide insight into the structural defects that form on individual QDs during UV-facilitated oxidation. ).

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Wentao Yuan, Bingwei Chen, Zhong-Kang Han, Ruiyang You, Ying Jiang, Rui Qi, Guanxing Li, Hanglong Wu, Maria Veronica Ganduglia-Pirovano, Yong Wang

Direct in-situ insights into the asymmetric surface reconstruction of rutile TiO2 (110)

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 1616, 2024, (The reconstruction of rutile TiO2 (110) impacts its surface chemistry and catalytic properties. Here, the authors offer a detailed understanding of the asymmetric surface reconstruction of TiO2 (110)-(1×2) through a combination of STEM and DFT calculations.).

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Louwen Zhang, Hai Zhou, Yibo Chen, Zhimiao Zheng, Lishuai Huang, Chen Wang, Kailian Dong, Zhongqiang Hu, Weijun Ke, Guojia Fang

Spontaneous crystallization of strongly confined CsSnxPb1-xI3 perovskite colloidal quantum dots at room temperature

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 1609, 2024, (Photoactive pure-iodine all-inorganic colloidal perovskite quantum dots (QDs) are attractive for optoelectronic applications, however their synthesis at room temperature is challenging. Here the authors report a room temperature strongly confined strategy to synthesize CsSnxPb1-xI3 QDs.).

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120.Dual heterogeneous interfaces enhance X-ray excited persistent luminescence for low-dose 3D imaging

Lei Lei, Minghao Yi, Yubin Wang, Youjie Hua, Junjie Zhang, Paras N. Prasad, Shiqing Xu

Dual heterogeneous interfaces enhance X-ray excited persistent luminescence for low-dose 3D imaging

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 1140, 2024, (High-resolution X-ray imaging requires a high radiation dose. Here, the authors achieve low-dose 3D imaging by increasing the XEPL intensity using a double-shell nanostructure with two heterogeneous interfaces.).

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119.Rapid synthesis of phosphor-glass composites in seconds based on particle self-stabilization

Yongsheng Sun, Yuzhen Wang, Weibin Chen, Qingquan Jiang, Dongdan Chen, Guoping Dong, Zhiguo Xia

Rapid synthesis of phosphor-glass composites in seconds based on particle self-stabilization

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 1033, 2024, (Phosphor-glass composites can serve as efficient and stable photonic converters, but their synthesis generally requires harsh and time-consuming procedures. Here, the authors report an alternative synthesis route that requires only a few seconds and is based on particle self-stabilization.).

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118.Deceptive orbital confinement at edges and pores of carbon-based 1D and 2D nanoarchitectures

Ignacio Piquero-Zulaica, Eduardo Corral-Rascón, Xabier Diaz de Cerio, Alexander Riss, Biao Yang, Aran Garcia-Lekue, Mohammad A. Kher-Elden, Zakaria M. Abd El-Fattah, Shunpei Nobusue, Takahiro Kojima, Knud Seufert, Hiroshi Sakaguchi, Willi Auwärter, Johannes V. Barth

Deceptive orbital confinement at edges and pores of carbon-based 1D and 2D nanoarchitectures

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 1062, 2024, (The apparent electronic confinement at nanographene boundaries in scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy is often misinterpreted. Here, the authors explain this phenomenon in terms of the decay of frontier orbitals and confinement at the edges of graphene nanoribbons and pores in nanoporous graphene.).

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117.Nominally identical microplastic models differ greatly in their particle-cell interactions

Simon Wieland, Anja F. R. M. Ramsperger, Wolfgang Gross, Moritz Lehmann, Thomas Witzmann, Anja Caspari, Martin Obst, Stephan Gekle, Günter K. Auernhammer, Andreas Fery, Christian Laforsch, Holger Kress

Nominally identical microplastic models differ greatly in their particle-cell interactions

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 922, 2024, (Microplastics research is often based on commercial model particles. Here, the authors show that nominally identical particles may differ significantly in their properties and thus in their interactions with cells.).

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116.Switchable unidirectional emissions from hydrogel gratings with integrated carbon quantum dots

Chenjie Dai, Shuai Wan, Zhe Li, Yangyang Shi, Shuang Zhang, Zhongyang Li

Switchable unidirectional emissions from hydrogel gratings with integrated carbon quantum dots

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 845, 2024, (Directional emission of photoluminescence is an emerging technique for light-emitting fields and nanophotonics. Here, the authors demonstrate a hydrogel grating with integrated quantum dots for switchable unidirectional emission tuning.).

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115.Accurate prediction of the optical properties of nanoalloys with both plasmonic and magnetic elements

Vito Coviello, Denis Badocco, Paolo Pastore, Martina Fracchia, Paolo Ghigna, Alessandro Martucci, Daniel Forrer, Vincenzo Amendola

Accurate prediction of the optical properties of nanoalloys with both plasmonic and magnetic elements

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 834, 2024, (The optical properties of nanoalloys are complex and difficult to describe. Here, the authors use density functional and Mie theory to calculate the extinction of Au-Co and other nanoalloys of interest for quantum optics, magnetooptics, catalysis, and metamaterials.).

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114.Ratiometric fluorescent sensing of pyrophosphate with sp³-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes

Simon Settele, C. Alexander Schrage, Sebastian Jung, Elena Michel, Han Li, Benjamin S. Flavel, A. Stephen K. Hashmi, Sebastian Kruss, Jana Zaumseil

Ratiometric fluorescent sensing of pyrophosphate with sp³-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 706, 2024, (Inorganic pyrophosphate is a key molecule in many biological processes. Here, the authors develop an optical sensor that enables its ratiometric detection in the near infrared with functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes.).

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113.Synthesis of inter-[60]fullerene conjugates with inherent chirality

Yoshifumi Hashikawa, Shu Okamoto, Yasujiro Murata

Synthesis of inter-[60]fullerene conjugates with inherent chirality

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 514, 2024, (Inter-fullerene conjugates are non-naturally occurring carbon allotropes. Here the authors report on the chemical synthesis and solid-state structure of three inter-[60]fullerene hybrids with inherent chirality. ).

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112.Quantitative analysis of printed nanostructured networks using high-resolution 3D FIB-SEM nanotomography

Cian Gabbett, Luke Doolan, Kevin Synnatschke, Laura Gambini, Emmet Coleman, Adam G. Kelly, Shixin Liu, Eoin Caffrey, Jose Munuera, Catriona Murphy, Stefano Sanvito, Lewys Jones, Jonathan N. Coleman

Quantitative analysis of printed nanostructured networks using high-resolution 3D FIB-SEM nanotomography

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 278, 2024, (The physical properties of devices made of printed nanosheets and nanowires are determined by their intrinsic nanostructured network morphology. Here, the authors use FIB-SEM nanotomography to quantitatively analyze printed nanostructured networks via 3D reconstructions.).

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111.Probing the critical nucleus size in tetrahydrofuran clathrate hydrate formation using surface-anchored nanoparticles

Han Xue, Linhai Li, Yiqun Wang, Youhua Lu, Kai Cui, Zhiyuan He, Guoying Bai, Jie Liu, Xin Zhou, Jianjun Wang

Probing the critical nucleus size in tetrahydrofuran clathrate hydrate formation using surface-anchored nanoparticles

In: Nature Communications, vol. 15, no. 157, 2024, (The critical nucleus, which considered a key step in the formation of clathrate hydrates, has not yet been empirically confirmed. Here, the authors probe the critical nucleus size in clathrate formation of tetrahydrofuran and thus provide mechanistic insights.).

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2023

110.Fast free energy estimates from λ-dynamics with bias-updated Gibbs sampling

Michael T. Robo, Ryan L. Hayes, Xinqiang Ding, Brian Pulawski, Jonah Z. Vilseck

Fast free energy estimates from λ-dynamics with bias-updated Gibbs sampling

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 8515, 2023, (Calculations of relative binding free energy are crucial for lead optimization in structure-based drug design, but classical methods are computationally expensive. Here, the authors describe a more efficient method for calculating the free energy that is as accurate as thermodynamic integration.).

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109.Janus particles with tunable patch symmetry and their assembly into chiral colloidal clusters

Tianran Zhang, Dengping Lyu, Wei Xu, Xuan Feng, Ran Ni, Yufeng Wang

Janus particles with tunable patch symmetry and their assembly into chiral colloidal clusters

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 8494, 2023, (Janus particles commonly exhibit a high-symmetry patch, constraining the range of possible assemblies. Here, the authors devise a synthetic approach to fine-tune the patch symmetry in Janus particles and showcase the assembly of these particles into chiral colloidal clusters.).

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108.Mechanically tunable organogels from highly charged polyoxometalate clusters loaded with fluorescent dyes

Fenghua Zhang, Zhong Li, Xun Wang

Mechanically tunable organogels from highly charged polyoxometalate clusters loaded with fluorescent dyes

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 8327, 2023, (Functionalizing inorganic organogels is a challenge and can have a negative impact on their mechanical properties. Here, the authors present nanowire-based organogels based on highly charged polyoxometalate cluster units that are mechanically tuned and loaded with fluorescent dyes.).

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107.Hot luminescence from single-molecule chromophores electrically and mechanically self-decoupled by tripodal scaffolds

Vibhuti Rai, Nico Balzer, Gabriel Derenbach, Christof Holzer, Marcel Mayor, Wulf Wulfhekel, Lukas Gerhard, Michal Valášek

Hot luminescence from single-molecule chromophores electrically and mechanically self-decoupled by tripodal scaffolds

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 8253, 2023, (A fundamental challenge for molecular electronics is the change in photophysical properties of molecules upon direct electrical contact. Here, the authors observe hot luminescence emitted by single-molecule chromophores that are electrically and mechanically self-decoupled by a tripodal scaffold.).

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106.Plasmonic metasurfaces of cellulose nanocrystal matrices with quadrants of aligned gold nanorods for photothermal anti-icing

Jeongsu Pyeon, Soon Mo Park, Juri Kim, Jeong-Hwan Kim, Yong-Jin Yoon, Dong Ki Yoon, Hyoungsoo Kim

Plasmonic metasurfaces of cellulose nanocrystal matrices with quadrants of aligned gold nanorods for photothermal anti-icing

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 8096, 2023, (Cellulose nanocrystals are very attractive as a matrix material for plasmonic nanoparticles, but controlling particle orientation for patterning is challenging. Here, the authors prepare annular ring patterns with quadrants of aligned gold nanorods for photothermal applications.).

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105.Direct probing of single-molecule chemiluminescent reaction dynamics under catalytic conditions in solution

Ziqing Zhang, Jinrun Dong, Yibo Yang, Yuan Zhou, Yuang Chen, Yang Xu, Jiandong Feng

Direct probing of single-molecule chemiluminescent reaction dynamics under catalytic conditions in solution

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 7993, 2023, (Research into the dynamics of chemical reactions at the single-molecule level is a pivotal undertaking. Here, the authors present a direct investigation of the chemiluminescent reaction dynamics of single molecules in solution, providing spatiotemporally resolved insights into chemical reactions.).

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104.Local probe-induced structural isomerization in a one-dimensional molecular array

Shigeki Kawai, Orlando J. Silveira, Lauri Kurki, Zhangyu Yuan, Tomohiko Nishiuchi, Takuya Kodama, Kewei Sun, Oscar Custance, Jose L. Lado, Takashi Kubo, Adam S. Foster

Local probe-induced structural isomerization in a one-dimensional molecular array

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 7741, 2023, (Achieving unit-by-unit isomerization within a molecular array poses a significant challenge in chemistry. Here, the authors demonstrate tip-induced stereoisomerization of dehydroazulene and diradical units in three-dimensional organometallic compounds on Ag(111).).

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103.The role of halogens in Au–S bond cleavage for energy-differentiated catalysis at the single-bond limit

Peihui Li, Songjun Hou, Qingqing Wu, Yijian Chen, Boyu Wang, Haiyang Ren, Jinying Wang, Zhaoyi Zhai, Zhongbo Yu, Colin J. Lambert, Chuancheng Jia, Xuefeng Guo

The role of halogens in Au–S bond cleavage for energy-differentiated catalysis at the single-bond limit

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 7695, 2023, (Investigation of the reaction process at the single-bond interface is key to understanding the catalytic reaction mechanism. Here, the authors develop a STM-BJ method to monitor the catalytic process from the perspective of single-bond energy.).

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102.Engineering chirality at wafer scale with ordered carbon nanotube architectures

Jacques Doumani, Minhan Lou, Oliver Dewey, Nina Hong, Jichao Fan, Andrey Baydin, Keshav Zahn, Yohei Yomogida, Kazuhiro Yanagi, Matteo Pasquali, Riichiro Saito, Junichiro Kono, Weilu Gao

Engineering chirality at wafer scale with ordered carbon nanotube architectures

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 7380, 2023, (Methods for generating macroscopic chiral matter struggle with limited scalability. Here, the authors show two vacuum filtration methods - twist stacking and mechanical rotation - to align carbon nanotubes into chiral structures at wafer scale with tunable circular dichroism.).

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101.Accessible hotspots for single-protein SERS in DNA-origami assembled gold nanorod dimers with tip-to-tip alignment

Francis Schuknecht, Karol Kołątaj, Michael Steinberger, Tim Liedl, Theobald Lohmueller

Accessible hotspots for single-protein SERS in DNA-origami assembled gold nanorod dimers with tip-to-tip alignment

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 7192, 2023, (The identification of individual proteins is highly desirable in diagnostics. Here, the authors report on DNA-origami assembled dimers of gold nanorod with accessible hotspots to capture and identify single proteins from solution by SERS.).

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100.Real-time signal processing via chemical reactions for a microfluidic molecular communication system

Vivien Walter, Dadi Bi, Ali Salehi-Reyhani, Yansha Deng

Real-time signal processing via chemical reactions for a microfluidic molecular communication system

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 7188, 2023, (The use of electronic devices to process electrical signals in molecular communications can hardly realize its potential for various applications. Here, the authors report on chemical concentration signal processing in real time and digital signal transmission over distances.).

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99.High-speed mapping of surface charge dynamics using sparse scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy

Marti Checa, Addis S. Fuhr, Changhyo Sun, Rama Vasudevan, Maxim Ziatdinov, Ilia Ivanov, Seok Joon Yun, Kai Xiao, Alp Sehirlioglu, Yunseok Kim, Pankaj Sharma, Kyle P. Kelley, Neus Domingo, Stephen Jesse, Liam Collins

High-speed mapping of surface charge dynamics using sparse scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 7196, 2023, (Dynamic mapping of charge motion across multiple length- and timescales is essential for understanding a variety of phenomena. Here, the authors introduce sparse scanning KPFM, which enables fast nanoscale charge mapping at 3 frames per second to track ion migration.).

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98.Direct time-resolved observation of surface-bound carbon dioxide radical anions on metallic nanocatalysts

Zhiwen Jiang, Carine Clavaguéra, Changjiang Hu, Sergey A. Denisov, Shuning Shen, Feng Hu, Jun Ma, Mehran Mostafavi

Direct time-resolved observation of surface-bound carbon dioxide radical anions on metallic nanocatalysts

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 7116, 2023, (Understanding the activity and selectivity of metal catalysts requires elucidating the dynamics of CO2•− radicals bound to the surface. Here, the authors use pulse radiolysis to directly observe the stabilization process of CO2•− radicals at nanoscale metallic sites from nanoseconds to seconds.).

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97.Recastable assemblies of carbon dots into mechanically robust macroscopic materials

Bowen Sui, Youliang Zhu, Xuemei Jiang, Yifan Wang, Niboqia Zhang, Zhongyuan Lu, Bai Yang, Yunfeng Li

Recastable assemblies of carbon dots into mechanically robust macroscopic materials

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6782, 2023, (The assembly of nanoparticles into macroscopic materials forms the basis for various advanced material applications. Here, the authors develop macroscopic materials that are both recastable and mechanically robust, despite being composed purely of carbon dots.).

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96.Liquid spherical shells are a non-equilibrium steady state of active droplets

Alexander M. Bergmann, Jonathan Bauermann, Giacomo Bartolucci, Carsten Donau, Michele Stasi, Anna-Lena Holtmannspötter, Frank Jülicher, Christoph A. Weber, Job Boekhoven

Liquid spherical shells are a non-equilibrium steady state of active droplets

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6552, 2023, (Dissipative structures are governed by non-equilibrium thermodynamics. Here, the authors describe a size-dependent transition from active droplets to active spherical shells—a dissipative structure that arises from reaction diffusion gradients. ).

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95.Tunable encapsulation of sessile droplets with solid and liquid shells

Rutvik Lathia, Satchit Nagpal, Chandantaru Dey Modak, Satyarthi Mishra, Deepak Sharma, Bheema Sankar Reddy, Pavan Nukala, Ramray Bhat, Prosenjit Sen

Tunable encapsulation of sessile droplets with solid and liquid shells

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6445, 2023, (Encapsulated liquids are important for several microreactor applications, including (bio)chemistry in confined spaces. Here, the authors report on oil-infused particle shells that allow control of shell thickness, stability, and permeability for applications in crystal growth and cell cultivation.).

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94.Overcrowding induces fast colloidal solitons in a slowly rotating potential landscape

Eric Cereceda-López, Alexander P. Antonov, Artem Ryabov, Philipp Maass, Pietro Tierno

Overcrowding induces fast colloidal solitons in a slowly rotating potential landscape

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6448, 2023, (Solitons are peculiar waves propagating without changing their shape. Here, the authors show that colloidal particles in a rotating optical landscape create rapidly propagating solitons, formed by particle clusters through many-body interactions.).

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93.Chemo-mechanical forces modulate the topology dynamics of mesoscale DNA assemblies

Deepak Karna, Eriko Mano, Jiahao Ji, Ibuki Kawamata, Yuki Suzuki, Hanbin Mao

Chemo-mechanical forces modulate the topology dynamics of mesoscale DNA assemblies

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6459, 2023, (Understanding the topological arrangement and transition dynamics of mesoscale assemblies is complicated by their molecular complexity. Here, the authors use DNA origami nanosprings to show that mesoscale helical handedness is dictated by backbone torque rather than achiral orientation.).

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92.Light-driven nucleation, growth, and patterning of biorelevant crystals using resonant near-infrared laser heating

Marloes H. Bistervels, Balázs Antalicz, Marko Kamp, Hinco Schoenmaker, Willem L. Noorduin

Light-driven nucleation, growth, and patterning of biorelevant crystals using resonant near-infrared laser heating

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6350, 2023, (Natural biominerals deposit with precise spatial and temporal control, but such control is difficult to replicate artificially. Here, the authors start, steer, and stop the crystallization of biorelevant minerals by user-defined light patterns.).

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91.Photothermally heated colloidal synthesis of nanoparticles driven by silica-encapsulated plasmonic heat sources

Aritra Biswas, Nir Lemcoff, Ofir Shelonchik, Doron Yesodi, Elad Yehezkel, Ella Yonit Finestone, Alexander Upcher, Yossi Weizmann

Photothermally heated colloidal synthesis of nanoparticles driven by silica-encapsulated plasmonic heat sources

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6355, 2023, (Photothermal solution heating with nanoscale heat sources is an efficient alternative to conventional heating methods. Here, the authors use silica-encapsulated gold nanoparticles to drive the colloidal synthesis of iron oxide, silver, and palladium nanoparticles at lower temperatures.).

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90.Chirality-induced avalanche magnetization of magnetite by an RNA precursor

S. Furkan Ozturk, Deb Kumar Bhowmick, Yael Kapon, Yutao Sang, Anil Kumar, Yossi Paltiel, Ron Naaman, Dimitar D. Sasselov

Chirality-induced avalanche magnetization of magnetite by an RNA precursor

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6351, 2023, (Homochirality, a key feature of life, has unknown origins. Magnetic mineral surfaces can act as chiral agents, but are only weakly magnetized by nature. Here, the authors report the uniform magnetization of magnetite by an RNA precursor that spreads across the surface like an avalanche.).

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89.Surfactant-free interfacial growth of graphdiyne hollow microspheres and the mechanistic origin of their SERS activity

Lu Zhang, Wencai Yi, Junfang Li, Guoying Wei, Guangcheng Xi, Lanqun Mao

Surfactant-free interfacial growth of graphdiyne hollow microspheres and the mechanistic origin of their SERS activity

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6318, 2023, (The 2D carbon allotrope graphdiyne possesses a direct band gap, high charge carrier mobility, and uniformly distributed pores. Here, the authors report the surfactant-free growth of graphdiyne hollow microspheres and investigate the origin of their SERS activity.).

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88.Crystal dissolution by particle detachment

Guomin Zhu, Benjamin A. Legg, Michel Sassi, Xinran Liang, Meirong Zong, Kevin M. Rosso, James J. De Yoreo

Crystal dissolution by particle detachment

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6300, 2023, (Crystal dissolution has been predominately viewed as a process of ion-by-ion detachment into a surrounding solvent. Here, the authors report an alternative mechanism of dissolution by particle detachment.).

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87.Controlling piezoresistance in single molecules through the isomerisation of bullvalenes

Jeffrey R. Reimers, Tiexin Li, André P. Birvé, Likun Yang, Albert C. Aragonès, Thomas Fallon, Daniel S. Kosov, Nadim Darwish

Controlling piezoresistance in single molecules through the isomerisation of bullvalenes

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6089 , 2023, (The quest for miniaturization of electromechanical nanosystems requires the use of single molecules as active components. Here, the authors develop a piezoresistor based on a single bullvalene molecule that changes its shape by a Cope rearrangement. ).

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86.Guided anisotropic oxygen transport in vacancy ordered oxides

Zhenzhong Yang, Le Wang, Jeffrey A. Dhas, Mark H. Engelhard, Mark E. Bowden, Wen Liu, Zihua Zhu, Chongmin Wang, Scott A. Chambers, Peter V. Sushko, Yingge Du

Guided anisotropic oxygen transport in vacancy ordered oxides

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 6068, 2023, (Control of ion diffusion is instrumental in understanding the behavior and structural transformations of transition metal oxides. Here, the authors use in-situ TEM to reveal the atomic-scale evolution of the topotactic phase transition in BM-SFO triggered by the migration of oxygen ions under an external stimulus.).

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85.Strong signature of electron-vibration coupling in molecules on Ag(111) triggered by tip-gated discharging

Chao Li, Christoph Kaspar, Ping Zhou, Jung-Ching Liu, Outhmane Chahib, Thilo Glatzel, Robert Häner, Ulrich Aschauer, Silvio Decurtins, Shi-Xia Liu, Michael Thoss, Ernst Meyer, Rémy Pawlak

Strong signature of electron-vibration coupling in molecules on Ag(111) triggered by tip-gated discharging

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 5956, 2023, (Electron-vibration coupling is driving advances in molecular electronics, spintronics, and quantum technology. Here, the authors succeeded in directly controlling vibronic excitations in tetrabromotetraazapyrene (TBTAP) molecules on the surface of Ag(111).).

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84.Identification of a common ice nucleus on hydrophilic and hydrophobic close-packed metal surfaces

Pengcheng Chen, Qiuhao Xu, Zijing Ding, Qing Chen, Jiyu Xu, Zhihai Cheng, Xiaohui Qiu, Bingkai Yuan, Sheng Meng, Nan Yao

Identification of a common ice nucleus on hydrophilic and hydrophobic close-packed metal surfaces

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 5813, 2023, (One key challenge in water science is to create a universal model that can predict the arrangement of water/solid interfaces. Here, the authors use STM and noncontact-AFM to discover common water clusters during the initial growth on hydrophilic and hydrophobic close-packed metal surfaces.).

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83.Epitaxial growth of metal-organic framework nanosheets into single-crystalline orthogonal arrays

Yingying Zou, Chao Liu, Chaoqi Zhang, Ling Yuan, Jiaxin Li, Tong Bao, Guangfeng Wei, Jin Zou, Chengzhong Yu

Epitaxial growth of metal-organic framework nanosheets into single-crystalline orthogonal arrays

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 5780, 2023, (Constructing regular 3D superstructures from 2D nanosheets is a challenge. Here, the authors report the epitaxial growth of MOF nanosheets into single-crystalline orthogonal arrays with enhanced functional properties.).

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82.Charge-state lifetimes of single molecules on few monolayers of NaCl

Katharina Kaiser, Leonard-Alexander Lieske, Jascha Repp, Leo Gross

Charge-state lifetimes of single molecules on few monolayers of NaCl

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 4988, 2023, (Resonant charge transport to and from molecules and their corresponding charge-state transitions are critical to understanding electrically driven processes. Here, the authors investigate the charge-state lifetimes of single molecules through NaCl films of 3 to 5 monolayers thickness.).

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81.Interplay of structure and photophysics of individualized rod-shaped graphene quantum dots with up to 132 sp² carbon atoms

Daniel Medina-Lopez, Thomas Liu, Silvio Osella, Hugo Levy-Falk, Nicolas Rolland, Christine Elias, Gaspard Huber, Pranav Ticku, Loïc Rondin, Bruno Jousselme, David Beljonne, Jean-Sébastien Lauret, Stephane Campidelli

Interplay of structure and photophysics of individualized rod-shaped graphene quantum dots with up to 132 sp² carbon atoms

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 4728, 2023, (The use and characterization of graphene quantum dots is limited by their pronounced tendency to form aggregates. Here, the authors synthesize rod-shaped motifs of nanographenes with up to 132 sp² carbon atoms that are fully individualized, which allows the precise description of their intrinsic photophysical properties.).

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80.Chirality control of a single carbene molecule by tip-induced van der Waals interactions

Yunjun Cao, Joel Mieres-Perez, Julien Frederic Rowen, Elsa Sanchez-Garcia, Wolfram Sander, Karina Morgenstern

Chirality control of a single carbene molecule by tip-induced van der Waals interactions

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 4500, 2023, (The control of molecular chirality is of great interest in stereochemistry and biochemistry. Here, the authors show how to alter the chirality dynamics of a single molecule through tip-induced van der Waals interactions.).

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79.Atomically precise nanoclusters predominantly seed gold nanoparticle syntheses

Liang Qiao, Nia Pollard, Ravithree D. Senanayake, Zhi Yang, Minjung Kim, Arzeena S. Ali, Minh Tam Hoang, Nan Yao, Yimo Han, Rigoberto Hernandez, Andre Z. Clayborne, Matthew R. Jones

Atomically precise nanoclusters predominantly seed gold nanoparticle syntheses

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 4408, 2023, (In seed-mediated synthesis, small particulate precursors are added to a growth solution to initiate heterogeneous nucleation, allowing access to well-defined colloidal nanostructures. Here, the authors identify that one of the most commonly studied seed solutions is populated by atomically precise gold nanoclusters with 32 atoms.).

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78.Diaryl-hemiindigos as visible light, pH, and heat responsive four-state switches and application in photochromic transparent polymers

Maximilian Sacherer, Frank Hampel, Henry Dube

Diaryl-hemiindigos as visible light, pH, and heat responsive four-state switches and application in photochromic transparent polymers

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 4382, 2023, (Hemiindigo derivatives can act as photoswitches, but their applicability is limited by synthetic challenges. Here, the authors report the synthesis of modified photoswitches and demonstrate four-state switching, chemical fueling, and reversible inscription into transparent polymers.).

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77.Macroscopic photonic single crystals via seeded growth of DNA-coated colloids

Alexander Hensley, Thomas E. Videbæk, Hunter Seyforth, William M. Jacobs, W. Benjamin Rogers

Macroscopic photonic single crystals via seeded growth of DNA-coated colloids

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 4237, 2023, (DNA-programmed colloidal assembly of macroscopic crystals for photonic applications remains elusive. Here, the authors use insights from studies of nucleation and seeded growth to develop a two-step method for assembling macroscopic photonic crystals.).

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76.Dynamic imaging of interfacial electrochemistry on single Ag nanowires by azimuth-modulated plasmonic scattering interferometry

Gang Wu, Chen Qian, Wen-Li Lv, Xiaona Zhao, Xian-Wei Liu

Dynamic imaging of interfacial electrochemistry on single Ag nanowires by azimuth-modulated plasmonic scattering interferometry

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 4194, 2023, (Direct visualization of the chemical dynamics of surfaces in solution is essential to gain mechanistic insights into nanocatalysis and electrochemistry. Here, the authors demonstrate the imaging of dynamic interfacial changes on a single nanowire during chemical reactions using azimuthally modulated plasmonic scattering interferometry.).

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75.Mesoporous multimetallic nanospheres with exposed highly entropic alloy sites

Yunqing Kang, Ovidiu Cretu, Jun Kikkawa, Koji Kimoto, Hiroki Nara, Asep Sugih Nugraha, Hiroki Kawamoto, Miharu Eguchi, Ting Liao, Ziqi Sun, Toru Asahi, Yusuke Yamauchi

Mesoporous multimetallic nanospheres with exposed highly entropic alloy sites

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 4182, 2023, (Nanostructured materials made from multimetal alloys are attractive for catalytic applications. Here, the authors propose a soft-templating approach to prepare mesoporous PtPdRhRuCu nanospheres that feature exposed porous structures rich in highly entropic alloy sites.).

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74.Thermometry on individual nanoparticles highlights the impact of bimetallic interfaces

Marta Quintanilla

Thermometry on individual nanoparticles highlights the impact of bimetallic interfaces

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3812, 2023, (A new study sheds light on the impact of bimetallic interfaces in nanomaterials for heat generation using single-particle thermometry. Moving from nanoparticle ensembles to single particles is key to developing consistent knowledge of material performance and nanoscale processes, but also involves assumptions and definitions that require careful consideration.).

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73.Impact of bimetallic interface design on heat generation in plasmonic Au/Pd nanostructures studied by single-particle thermometry

Julian Gargiulo, Matias Herran, Ianina L. Violi, Ana Sousa-Castillo, Luciana P. Martinez, Simone Ezendam, Mariano Barella, Helene Giesler, Roland Grzeschik, Sebastian Schlücker, Stefan A. Maier, Fernando D. Stefani, Emiliano Cortés

Impact of bimetallic interface design on heat generation in plasmonic Au/Pd nanostructures studied by single-particle thermometry

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3813, 2023, (The conversion of light into heat is a key process for plasmonic-catalytic applications. Here, the authors investigate how the design of the bimetallic interface affects the photothermal heating properties in Au/Pd nanostructures by applying thermometry at the single-particle level.).

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72.Halide-assisted differential growth of chiral nanoparticles with threefold rotational symmetry

Jiapeng Zheng, Christina Boukouvala, George R. Lewis, Yicong Ma, Yang Chen, Emilie Ringe, Lei Shao, Zhifeng Huang, Jianfang Wang

Halide-assisted differential growth of chiral nanoparticles with threefold rotational symmetry

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3783, 2023, (Expanding the library of chiral plasmonic nanoparticles will foster the development of chiroptical applications. Here, the authors apply halide-assisted differential growth to convert Au nanodisks into triskelion-shaped chiral nanoparticles with threefold rotational symmetry.).

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71.Formation mechanism of high-index faceted Pt-Bi alloy nanoparticles by evaporation-induced growth from metal salts

Kunmo Koo, Bo Shen, Sung-Il Baik, Zugang Mao, Paul J. M. Smeets, Ivan Cheuk, Kun He, Roberto dos Reis, Liliang Huang, Zihao Ye, Xiaobing Hu, Chad A. Mirkin, Vinayak P. Dravid

Formation mechanism of high-index faceted Pt-Bi alloy nanoparticles by evaporation-induced growth from metal salts

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3790, 2023, (Faceted nanoparticles with high-index planes exposed usually bear promising material functionalities. Here, the authors directly observe the coarsening and facet regulation process of tetrahexahedra Pt nanoparticles by using in-situ gas-phase TEM.).

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70.Coherent heteroepitaxial growth of I-III-VI2 Ag(In,Ga)S2 colloidal nanocrystals with near-unity quantum yield for use in luminescent solar concentrators

Hak June Lee, Seongbin Im, Dongju Jung, Kyuri Kim, Jong Ah Chae, Jaemin Lim, Jeong Woo Park, Doyoon Shin, Kookheon Char, Byeong Guk Jeong, Ji-Sang Park, Euyheon Hwang, Doh C. Lee, Young-Shin Park, Hyung-Jun Song, Jun Hyuk Chang, Wan Ki Bae

Coherent heteroepitaxial growth of I-III-VI2 Ag(In,Ga)S2 colloidal nanocrystals with near-unity quantum yield for use in luminescent solar concentrators

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3779, 2023, (Colloidal semiconductor core-shell nanocrystals are sought after for photonic applications. Here, the authors report coherent heteroepitaxial growth of Ag(In,Ga)S2 core-shell nanocrystals with near-unity photoluminescence quantum yield across almost the full visible range.).

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69.Asymmetric transformation of achiral gold nanoclusters with negative nonlinear dependence between chiroptical activity and enantiomeric excess

Chang Liu, Yan Zhao, Tai-Song Zhang, Cheng-Bo Tao, Wenwen Fei, Sheng Zhang, Man-Bo Li

Asymmetric transformation of achiral gold nanoclusters with negative nonlinear dependence between chiroptical activity and enantiomeric excess

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3730, 2023, (Atomically precise metal nanoclusters provide an ideal platform for studying chirality at the nanoscale. Here, the authors use a phosphoramidite ligand as a chiral inducer to asymmetrically transform achiral into chiral gold nanoclusters with negative nonlinear CD-ee dependence.).

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68.Artificial intelligence driven design of catalysts and materials for ring opening polymerization using a domain-specific language

Nathaniel H. Park, Matteo Manica, Jannis Born, James L. Hedrick, Tim Erdmann, Dmitry Yu. Zubarev, Nil Adell-Mill, Pedro L. Arrechea

Artificial intelligence driven design of catalysts and materials for ring opening polymerization using a domain-specific language

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3686, 2023, (Developing accessible polymeric materials is a challenging task for generative AI models. Here, the authors show that a domain-specific language enables the use of historical data to tune generative models to produce experimentally achievable material designs.).

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67.Voltage-driven control of single-molecule keto-enol equilibrium in a two-terminal junction system

Chun Tang, Thijs Stuyver, Taige Lu, Junyang Liu, Yiling Ye, Tengyang Gao, Luchun Lin, Jueting Zheng, Wenqing Liu, Jia Shi, Sason Shaik, Haiping Xia, Wenjing Hong

Voltage-driven control of single-molecule keto-enol equilibrium in a two-terminal junction system

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3657, 2023, (Keto-enol tautomerism offers a promising platform for modulating charge transport at the nanoscale. Here, the authors show that the keto-enol equilibrium can be modulated on the single-molecule scale by controlling charge injection in a two-terminal junction system.).

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66.Collective photothermal bending of flexible organic crystals modified with MXene-polymer multilayers as optical waveguide arrays

Xuesong Yang, Linfeng Lan, Liang Li, Jinyang Yu, Xiaokong Liu, Ying Tao, Quan-Hong Yang, Panče Naumov, Hongyu Zhang

Collective photothermal bending of flexible organic crystals modified with MXene-polymer multilayers as optical waveguide arrays

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3627, 2023, (Organic crystals represent potential alternatives to silicon dioxide due to their high flexibility and controllable properties. Here, the authors prepared a hybrid organic crystal material that responds mechanically to infrared light.).

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65.Strain and crystallographic identification of the helically concaved gap surfaces of chiral nanoparticles

Sungwook Choi, Sang Won Im, Ji-Hyeok Huh, Sungwon Kim, Jaeseung Kim, Yae-Chan Lim, Ryeong Myeong Kim, Jeong Hyun Han, Hyeohn Kim, Michael Sprung, Su Yong Lee, Wonsuk Cha, Ross Harder, Seungwoo Lee, Ki Tae Nam, Hyunjung Kim

Strain and crystallographic identification of the helically concaved gap surfaces of chiral nanoparticles

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3615 , 2023, (Identifying the 3D crystal plane and strain field distributions of nanocrystals with concave surfaces is challenging. Here, the authors analyze the hidden concave gaps of chiral nanoparticles by using coherent Bragg X-ray diffraction imaging.).

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64.Nanowire-based smart windows combining electro- and thermochromics for dynamic regulation of solar radiation

Si-Zhe Sheng, Jin-Long Wang, Bin Zhao, Zhen He, Xue-Fei Feng, Qi-Guo Shang, Cheng Chen, Gang Pei, Jun Zhou, Jian-Wei Liu, Shu-Hong Yu

Nanowire-based smart windows combining electro- and thermochromics for dynamic regulation of solar radiation

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3231, 2023, (Smart windows offer more efficient sunlight modulation and heat management. Here, the authors propose a co-assembly strategy to produce smart windows that combine electrochromic and thermochromic functions with tunable components and ordered structures for dynamic solar radiation regulation.).

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63.Critical roles of metal–ligand complexes in the controlled synthesis of various metal nanoclusters

Ji Soo Kim, Hogeun Chang, Sungsu Kang, Seungwoo Cha, Hanguk Cho, Seung Jae Kwak, Namjun Park, Younhwa Kim, Dohun Kang, Chyan Kyung Song, Jimin Kwag, Ji-Sook Hahn, Won Bo Lee, Taeghwan Hyeon, Jungwon Park

Critical roles of metal–ligand complexes in the controlled synthesis of various metal nanoclusters

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 3201, 2023, (Metal-thiolate complexes are the precursors to atomically precise metal nanoclusters. Here, the authors show that the extent of metal-ligand interaction is key to controlling the size and uniformity in the synthesis of metal nanoclusters.).

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62.Probing the atomically diffuse interfaces in Pd@Pt core-shell nanoparticles in three dimensions

Zezhou Li, Zhiheng Xie, Yao Zhang, Xilong Mu, Jisheng Xie, Hai-Jing Yin, Ya-Wen Zhang, Colin Ophus, Jihan Zhou

Probing the atomically diffuse interfaces in Pd@Pt core-shell nanoparticles in three dimensions

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 2934, 2023, (Deciphering the structure and composition of bimetallic nanomaterial interfaces is key to understanding their properties. Here, the authors investigate the diffuse interfaces in Pd@Pt core-shell nanoparticles in 3D using electron tomography with atomic resolution.).

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61.Flattened 1D fragments of fullerene C60 that exhibit robustness toward multi-electron reduction

Masahiro Hayakawa, Naoyuki Sunayama, Shu I. Takagi, Yu Matsuo, Asuka Tamaki, Shigehiro Yamaguchi, Shu Seki, Aiko Fukazawa

Flattened 1D fragments of fullerene C60 that exhibit robustness toward multi-electron reduction

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 2741, 2023, (Fullerenes are compelling molecular materials, but the reason for their high robustness to multi-electron reduction is still debated. Here, the authors synthesize flattened 1D fragments of fullerene C₆₀ with high robustness against multi-electron reduction.).

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60.High-resolution discrimination of homologous and isomeric proteinogenic amino acids in nanopore sensors with ultrashort single-walled carbon nanotubes

Weichao Peng, Shuaihu Yan, Ke Zhou, Hai-Chen Wu, Lei Liu, Yuliang Zhao

High-resolution discrimination of homologous and isomeric proteinogenic amino acids in nanopore sensors with ultrashort single-walled carbon nanotubes

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 2662, 2023, (Ultrashort single-walled carbon nanotubes inserted in lipid bilayers can be used as nanopore sensors. Here, the authors demonstrate the high-resolution discrimination of homologous and isomeric proteinogenic amino acids with such carbon-based nanopores.).

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59.Epitaxial growth of highly symmetrical branched noble metal-semiconductor heterostructures with efficient plasmon-induced hot-electron transfer

Li Zhai, Sara T. Gebre, Bo Chen, Dan Xu, Junze Chen, Zijian Li, Yawei Liu, Hua Yang, Chongyi Ling, Yiyao Ge, Wei Zhai, Changsheng Chen, Lu Ma, Qinghua Zhang, Xuefei Li, Yujie Yan, Xinyu Huang, Lujiang Li, Zhiqiang Guan, Chen-Lei Tao, Zhiqi Huang, Hongyi Wang, Jinze Liang, Ye Zhu, Chun-Sing Lee, Peng Wang, Chunfeng Zhang, Lin Gu, Yonghua Du, Tianquan Lian, Hua Zhang, Xue-Jun Wu

Epitaxial growth of highly symmetrical branched noble metal-semiconductor heterostructures with efficient plasmon-induced hot-electron transfer

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 2538, 2023, (Epitaxial growth of heterostructures composed of materials with large lattice mismatch is challenging. Here, the authors reported the epitaxy of II-VI semiconductor nanorods on plasmonic noble metal, despite a lattice mismatch of more than 40%.).

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58.Atomically precise gold nanoclusters at the molecular-to-metallic transition with intrinsic chirality from surface layers

Li-Juan Liu, Fahri Alkan, Shengli Zhuang, Dongyi Liu, Tehseen Nawaz, Jun Guo, Xiaozhou Luo, Jian He

Atomically precise gold nanoclusters at the molecular-to-metallic transition with intrinsic chirality from surface layers

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 2397, 2023, (Chiral metal nanoclusters prepared from achiral ligands generally contain chiral kernel structures. Here, the authors report an alternative type of gold nanoclusters whose intrinsic chirality arises solely from the arrangement of the organic components on their surface.).

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57.Condensation and asymmetric amplification of chirality in achiral molecules adsorbed on an achiral surface

Huiru Liu, Heping Li, Yu He, Peng Cheng, Yi-Qi Zhang, Baojie Feng, Hui Li, Kehui Wu, Lan Chen

Condensation and asymmetric amplification of chirality in achiral molecules adsorbed on an achiral surface

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 2100, 2023, (The origin of homochirality in nature is an important but open question. Here, the authors provide insight into the physicochemical origin of homochirality through surface adsorption on the model of adlayers of achiral carbon monoxide molecules on an achiral Au(111) surface.).

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56.Nanoscale thermodynamics needs the concept of a disjoining chemical potential

Wei Dong

Nanoscale thermodynamics needs the concept of a disjoining chemical potential

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1824, 2023, (Matter behaves differently at the nanoscale. Here, the author introduces the concept of a disjoining chemical potential for nanoscale thermodynamics, showing that thermodynamic functions depend on the environment, and suggests possible experimental verifications.).

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55.Real-time insight into the multistage mechanism of nanoparticle exsolution from a perovskite host surface

Eleonora Calì, Melonie P. Thomas, Rama Vasudevan, Ji Wu, Oriol Gavalda-Diaz, Katharina Marquardt, Eduardo Saiz, Dragos Neagu, Raymond R. Unocic, Stephen C. Parker, Beth S. Guiton, David J. Payne

Real-time insight into the multistage mechanism of nanoparticle exsolution from a perovskite host surface

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1754, 2023, (The separation of nanoparticles from oxide hosts by exsolution forms the basis for catalytic and energy-related applications. Here, the authors elucidate the multistep mechanism of exsolution at perovskite surfaces by combining real-time electron microscopy and computational methods.).

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54.High-entropy alloy nanopatterns by prescribed metallization of DNA origami templates

Mo Xie, Weina Fang, Zhibei Qu, Yang Hu, Yichi Zhang, Jie Chao, Jiye Shi, Lihua Wang, Lianhui Wang, Yang Tian, Chunhai Fan, Huajie Liu

High-entropy alloy nanopatterns by prescribed metallization of DNA origami templates

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1745, 2023, (Morphology, composition, and uniformity of highly entropic nanoalloys are critical to their properties and applications. Here, the authors develop a DNA origami-based metallization reaction concept for the precise synthesis of multimetallic nanopatterns.).

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53.Supramolecular glasses with color-tunable circularly polarized afterglow through evaporation-induced self-assembly of chiral metal–organic complexes

Fei Nie, Ke-Zhi Wang, Dongpeng Yan

Supramolecular glasses with color-tunable circularly polarized afterglow through evaporation-induced self-assembly of chiral metal–organic complexes

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1654, 2023, (Material designs with multicolor circularly polarized emissions are desirable for photonic applications. Here, the authors report supramolecular glasses based on self-assembled chiral metal–organic complexes with color-tunable circularly polarized afterglow.).

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52.Shape control in 2D molecular nanosheets by tuning anisotropic intermolecular interactions and assembly kinetics

Maximilian Dreher, Pierre Martin Dombrowski, Matthias Wolfgang Tripp, Niels Münster, Ulrich Koert, Gregor Witte

Shape control in 2D molecular nanosheets by tuning anisotropic intermolecular interactions and assembly kinetics

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1554, 2023, (Structuring organic films is of scientific and technological interest. Here, the authors use partially fluorinated organic molecules exhibiting strong intermolecular interactions to form extended 2D molecular nanosheets and control their shape through growth and desorption kinetics.).

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51.Polarization-directed growth of spiral nanostructures by laser direct writing with vector beams

Xiaolin Lu, Xujie Wang, Shuangshuang Wang, Tao Ding

Polarization-directed growth of spiral nanostructures by laser direct writing with vector beams

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1422, 2023, (Chiral nanostructures are in demand for various applications, but large-scale fabrication is a technical challenge. Here, the authors report polarization-directed chiral growth of complex spiral patterns by laser direct writing with vector beams.).

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50.General approach to surface-accessible plasmonic Pickering emulsions for SERS sensing and interfacial catalysis

Yingrui Zhang, Ziwei Ye, Chunchun Li, Qinglu Chen, Wafaa Aljuhani, Yiming Huang, Xin Xu, Chunfei Wu, Steven E. J. Bell, Yikai Xu

General approach to surface-accessible plasmonic Pickering emulsions for SERS sensing and interfacial catalysis

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1392, 2023, (The preparation of Pickering emulsions from nanoparticles commonly requires modification of the particles’ surface chemistry. Here, the authors demonstrate a chemical modifier-free approach for the preparation of long-term stable Pickering emulsions for SERS sensing and catalytic applications.).

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49.On-surface synthesis of enetriynes

Nan Cao, Biao Yang, Alexander Riss, Johanna Rosen, Jonas Björk, Johannes V. Barth

On-surface synthesis of enetriynes

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1255, 2023, (Enetriynes, which belong to the enyne family, are characterized by a distinct electron-rich carbon-bonding scheme. Here, the authors report the formation of enetriynes with high selectivity by tetramerization of terminal alkynes on Ag(100).).

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48.Mechanical metamaterials made of freestanding quasi-BCC nanolattices of gold and copper with ultra-high energy absorption capacity

Hongwei Cheng, Xiaoxia Zhu, Xiaowei Cheng, Pengzhan Cai, Jie Liu, Huijun Yao, Ling Zhang, Jinglai Duan

Mechanical metamaterials made of freestanding quasi-BCC nanolattices of gold and copper with ultra-high energy absorption capacity

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1243, 2023, (The fabrication of freestanding 3D lattice structures with beam diameters less than 100 nm is a considerable challenge. Here, the authors report quasi-BCC nanolattices of gold and copper, featuring beam diameters as low as 34 nm, that demonstrate an exceptionally high capacity for energy absorption.).

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47.Softness of hydrated salt crystals under deliquescence

Rozeline Wijnhorst, Menno Demmenie, Etienne Jambon-Puillet, Freek Ariese, Daniel Bonn, Noushine Shahidzadeh

Softness of hydrated salt crystals under deliquescence

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1090, 2023, (Crystals are commonly associated with their hard and faceted nature. Here, the authors report the transition from hard to soft and deformable, observed in the gradual dissolution of salt crystals that harbor water in their crystalline framework.).

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46.Nuclear quantum effects on zeolite proton hopping kinetics explored with machine learning potentials and path integral molecular dynamics

Massimo Bocus, Ruben Goeminne, Aran Lamaire, Maarten Cools-Ceuppens, Toon Verstraelen, Veronique Van Speybroeck

Nuclear quantum effects on zeolite proton hopping kinetics explored with machine learning potentials and path integral molecular dynamics

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1008, 2023, (The quantum properties of hydrogen atoms in zeolite-catalyzed reactions are generally neglected due to high computational costs. Here, the authors leverage machine learning to derive accurate quantum kinetics for proton transfer reactions in heterogeneous catalysis.).

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45.Orthogonal luminescence lifetime encoding by intermetallic energy transfer in heterometallic rare-earth MOFs

Jacob I. Deneff, Lauren E. S. Rohwer, Kimberly S. Butler, Bryan Kaehr, Dayton J. Vogel, Ting S. Luk, Raphael A. Reyes, Alvaro A. Cruz-Cabrera, James E. Martin, Dorina F. Sava Gallis

Orthogonal luminescence lifetime encoding by intermetallic energy transfer in heterometallic rare-earth MOFs

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 981, 2023, (Lifetime-encoded materials are attractive as optical markers. Here, the authors report a design strategy for true orthogonality in encoding based on heterometallic rare-earth MOFs with independently variable lifetime and composition.).

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44.Sub-resolution contrast in neutral helium microscopy through facet scattering for quantitative imaging of nanoscale topographies on macroscopic surfaces

Sabrina D. Eder, Adam Fahy, Matthew G. Barr, J. R. Manson, Bodil Holst, Paul C. Dastoor

Sub-resolution contrast in neutral helium microscopy through facet scattering for quantitative imaging of nanoscale topographies on macroscopic surfaces

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 904, 2023, (Neutral helium microscopy is a completely nondestructive, surface-sensitive imaging technique. Here, the authors demonstrate sub-resolution contrast using an advanced facet scattering model to reconstruct the topography of technological thin films in the ångström range.).

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43.Nanostructure-free crescent-shaped microparticles as full-color reflective pigments

Yi Yang, Jong Bin Kim, Seong Kyeong Nam, Mengmeng Zhang, Jiangping Xu, Jintao Zhu, Shin-Hyun Kim

Nanostructure-free crescent-shaped microparticles as full-color reflective pigments

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 793, 2023, (Structural colors arise from nanostructures or special microgeometries. Here, the authors report on crescent-shaped microparticles as full-color reflective pigments that show brilliant colors in directional light and are transparent in ambient light.).

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42.Suppression of kernel vibrations by layer-by-layer ligand engineering boosts photoluminescence efficiency of gold nanoclusters

Yuan Zhong, Jiangwei Zhang, Tingting Li, Wenwu Xu, Qiaofeng Yao, Min Lu, Xue Bai, Zhennan Wu, Jianping Xie, Yu Zhang

Suppression of kernel vibrations by layer-by-layer ligand engineering boosts photoluminescence efficiency of gold nanoclusters

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 658, 2023, (The photoluminescence of gold nanoclusters is affected by low-frequency acoustic vibrations. Here, the authors demonstrate that layer-by-layer ligand engineering can suppress such structural vibrations to achieve brighter emissions.).

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41.Topological dual and extended relations between networks of clathrate hydrates and Frank-Kasper phases

Yong Chen, Satoshi Takeya, Amadeu K. Sum

Topological dual and extended relations between networks of clathrate hydrates and Frank-Kasper phases

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 596, 2023, (Topological dual and extended relations between networks of clathrate hydrates and Frank-Kasper phases Clathrate hydrates are topological duals of Frank-Kasper phases. Here, the authors employ MD simulations to provide an alternative way to explore the intrinsic structural relationships of H-bonded networks of clathrate hydrates and other unrelated ordered materials.).

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40.Digital circuits and neural networks based on acid-base chemistry implemented by robotic fluid handling

Ahmed A. Agiza, Kady Oakley, Jacob K. Rosenstein, Brenda M. Rubenstein, Eunsuk Kim, Marc Riedel, Sherief Reda

Digital circuits and neural networks based on acid-base chemistry implemented by robotic fluid handling

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 496, 2023, (The complementarity of acids and bases is a fundamental chemical concept. Here, the authors use simple acid-base chemistry to encode binary information and perform information processing including digital circuits and neural networks using robotic fluid handling.).

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39.Photosensitive ion channels in layered MXene membranes modified with plasmonic gold nanostars and cellulose nanofibers

Jeonghee Yeom, Ayoung Choe, Jiyun Lee, Jeeyoon Kim, Jinyoung Kimand Seung Hak Ohand Cheolhong Park, Sangyun Naand Young-Eun Shinand Youngoh Lee, Yun Goo Ro, Sang Kyu Kwak, Hyunhyub Ko

Photosensitive ion channels in layered MXene membranes modified with plasmonic gold nanostars and cellulose nanofibers

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 359, 2023, (Artificial ion channels are in demand for ionotronic devices. Here, the authors use layered MXene membranes modified with plasmonic gold nanostars and cellulose nanofibers to convert a thermal gradient into an ion current for photosensitive ion channeling.).

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38.Leveraging molecular structure and bioactivity with chemical language models for de novo drug design

Michael Moret, Irene Pachon Angona, Leandro Cotos, Shen Yan, Kenneth Atz, Cyrill Brunner, Martin Baumgartner, Francesca Grisoni, Gisbert Schneider

Leveraging molecular structure and bioactivity with chemical language models for de novo drug design

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 114, 2023, (Generative Deep Learning holds promise for mining the unexplored "chemical universe" for new drugs. Here, the authors demonstrate the de novo design of phosphoinositide 3-kinase gamma (PI3Kγ) inhibitors for the PI3K/Akt pathway in human tumor cells.).

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37.Dynamics of the fcc-to-bcc phase transition in single-crystalline PdCu alloy nanoparticles

Yingying Jiang, Martial Duchamp, Shi Jun Ang, Hongwei Yan, Teck Leong Tan, Utkur Mirsaidov

Dynamics of the fcc-to-bcc phase transition in single-crystalline PdCu alloy nanoparticles

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 104, 2023, (Phase transitions in crystals are challenging to study with atomic resolution. Here, the authors reveal that the transition from fcc to bcc occurs across a coherent interface only a few atoms wide, which serves as a precursor phase for the nucleation of the bcc phase.).

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36.Enhanced chiroptic properties of nanocomposites of achiral plasmonic nanoparticles decorated with chiral dye-loaded micelles

Tonghan Zhao, Dejing Meng, Zhijian Hu, Wenjing Sun, Yinglu Ji, Jianlei Han, Xue Jin, Xiaochun Wu, Pengfei Duan

Enhanced chiroptic properties of nanocomposites of achiral plasmonic nanoparticles decorated with chiral dye-loaded micelles

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 81, 2023, (Circularly polarized luminescent materials with large dissymmetry and efficiency are in demand. Here, the authors investigate chirality-induced spin polarization in achiral gold nanorods decorated with chiral dye-loaded micelles to enhance chiroptic activity.).

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35.Surface passivation of intensely luminescent all-inorganic nanocrystals and their direct optical patterning

Pengwei Xiao, Zhoufan Zhang, Junjun Ge, Yalei Deng, Xufeng Chen, Jian-Rong Zhang, Zhengtao Deng, Yu Kambe, Dmitri V. Talapin, Yuanyuan Wang

Surface passivation of intensely luminescent all-inorganic nanocrystals and their direct optical patterning

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 49, 2023, (All-inorganic nanocrystals are of great importance for a variety of electronic applications. Here, the authors use metal salts to remove organic ligands to obtain passivated nanocrystals with improved fluorescence yield for direct optical patterning.).

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34.Heteroepitaxial chemistry of zinc chalcogenides on InP nanocrystals for defect-free interfaces with atomic uniformity

Yeongho Choi, Donghyo Hahm, Wan Ki Bae, Jaehoon Lim

Heteroepitaxial chemistry of zinc chalcogenides on InP nanocrystals for defect-free interfaces with atomic uniformity

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 43, 2023, (Heteroepitaxy on colloidal nanocrystals often yields defective heterostructures due to intricate reaction pathways. Here, the authors decode the surface chemistry at the molecular level to realize defect-free interfaces with atomic uniformity.).

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33.Discovery of two-dimensional binary nanoparticle superlattices using global Monte Carlo optimization

Yilong Zhou, Gaurav Arya

Discovery of two-dimensional binary nanoparticle superlattices using global Monte Carlo optimization

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7976, 2022, (Binary nanoparticle superlattices exhibit different collective optical, magnetic, and electronic properties. Here, the authors develop an efficient global optimization algorithm for the discovery of periodic 2D architectures forming at fluid interfaces.).

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32.Lossless enrichment of trace analytes in levitating droplets for multiphase and multiplex detection

Xueyan Chen, Qianqian Ding, Chao Bi, Jian Ruan, Shikuan Yang

Lossless enrichment of trace analytes in levitating droplets for multiphase and multiplex detection

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7807, 2022, (Efficient enrichment of molecules from liquids, solid objects, or the gas phase is critical for their detection at trace concentrations. Here, the authors report on the lossless enrichment of analytes in droplets using acoustic levitation for multiphase and multiplex SERS detection.).

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31.Interplay of defect levels and rare earth emission centers in multimode luminescent phosphors

Xinquan Zhou, Lixin Ning, Jianwei Qiao, Yifei Zhao, Puxian Xiong, Zhiguo Xia

Interplay of defect levels and rare earth emission centers in multimode luminescent phosphors

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7589, 2022, (Information encryption technology calls for versatile multi-mode luminescent materials. Here, the authors develop phosphors with five integrated luminescence modes by exploiting the interplay of defect levels and rare-earth emission centers.).

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30.Precise atom manipulation through deep reinforcement learning

I-Ju Chen, Markus Aapro, Abraham Kipnis, Alexander Ilin, Peter Liljeroth, Adam S. Foster

Precise atom manipulation through deep reinforcement learning

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7499, 2022, (Engineering quantum states requires precise manipulations at the atomic level. Here, the authors use deep reinforcement learning to manipulate Ag adatoms on Ag surfaces, which combined with path planning algorithms enables autonomous atomic assembly.).

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29.Photo-induced stress relaxation in reconfigurable disulfide-crosslinked supramolecular films visualized by dynamic wrinkling

Shuzhen Yan, Kaiming Hu, Shuai Chen, Tiantian Li, Wenming Zhang, Jie Yin, Xuesong Jiang

Photo-induced stress relaxation in reconfigurable disulfide-crosslinked supramolecular films visualized by dynamic wrinkling

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7434, 2022, (The mechanics of reconfigurable supramolecular polymer networks are governed by their dynamic crosslinking chemistry and the resulting stress relaxations. Here, the authors use reversible wrinkling patterns to visualize localized stress relaxations, due to molecular network rearrangements.).

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28.Chiral nanocrystals grown from MoS2 nanosheets enable photothermally modulated enantioselective release of antimicrobial drugs

Bang Lin Li, Jun Jiang Luo, Hao Lin Zou, Qing-Meng Zhang, Liu-Bin Zhao, Hang Qian, Hong Qun Luo, David Tai Leong, Nian Bing Li

Chiral nanocrystals grown from MoS2 nanosheets enable photothermally modulated enantioselective release of antimicrobial drugs

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7289, 2022, (Chirality transfer from molecules to nanomaterials enables advanced optical functionalities. Here, the authors use exfoliated MoS2 nanosheets to seed the growth of chiral Au nanoparticles to form Au/MoS2 heterostructures for enantioselective drug release.).

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27.Arginine-modified black phosphorus quantum dots with dual excited states for enhanced electrochemiluminescence in bioanalysis

Siqi Yu, Yu Du, Xianghong Niu, Guangming Li, Da Zhu, Qian Yu, Guizheng Zou, Huangxian Ju

Arginine-modified black phosphorus quantum dots with dual excited states for enhanced electrochemiluminescence in bioanalysis

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7302, 2022, (Electrochemiluminescence is emitted via the radiative transition of a singlet or triplet excited state. Here, the authors propose an arginine modification of black phosphorus quantum dots that exhibits enhanced emission based on dual excited states.).

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26.A charged diatomic triple-bonded U≡N species trapped in C82 fullerene cages

Qingyu Meng, Laura Abella, Yang-Rong Yao, Dumitru-Claudiu Sergentu, Wei Yang, Xinye Liu, Jiaxin Zhuang, Luis Echegoyen, Jochen Autschbach, Ning Chen

A charged diatomic triple-bonded U≡N species trapped in C82 fullerene cages

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7192, 2022, (Diatomic actinide molecules are ideal models for studying rare multiple-bond motifs. Here, the authors report host-guest structures of metastable charged U≡N diatoms confined in fullerene cages and stabilized by coordinative electron transfer.).

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25.Covalent transfer of chemical gradients onto a graphenic surface with 2D and 3D control

Yuanzhi Xia, Semih Sevim, João Pedro Vale, Johannes Seibel, David Rodríguez-San-Miguel, Donghoon Kim, Salvador Pané, Tiago Sotto Mayor, Steven De Feyter, Josep Puigmartí-Luis

Covalent transfer of chemical gradients onto a graphenic surface with 2D and 3D control

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7006, 2022, (Covalent modification is an essential chemical method for altering the physicochemical properties of material interfaces. Here, the authors show that the no-slip conditions in microfluidic devices grant spatiotemporal control over molecular grafting.).

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24.Electrically responsive photonic crystals with bistable states for low-power electrophoretic color displays

Qianqian Fu, Wenyuan Yu, Guangyang Bao, Jianping Ge

Electrically responsive photonic crystals with bistable states for low-power electrophoretic color displays

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 7007, 2022, (Conventional electrophoretic color displays require a permanent electric field, increasing power consumption. Here, the authors report an electrically responsive photonic crystal with switchable bistable states by particle rearrangement for low power consumption displays.).

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23.Symmetry-breaking in patch formation on triangular gold nanoparticles by asymmetric polymer grafting

Ahyoung Kim, Thi Vo, Hyosung An, Progna Banerjee, Lehan Yao, Shan Zhou, Chansong Kim, Delia J. Milliron, Sharon C. Glotzer, Qian Chen

Symmetry-breaking in patch formation on triangular gold nanoparticles by asymmetric polymer grafting

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 6774, 2022, (Patchy nanoparticles are desirable building blocks for the guided assembly of functional superstructures. Here, the authors demonstrate quantitative control over asymmetric polymer grafting on triangular Au nanoprisms based on polymer scaling theory.).

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22.Direct in situ photolithography of perovskite quantum dots based on photocatalysis of lead bromide complexes

Pingping Zhang, Gaoling Yang, Fei Li, Jianbing Shi, Haizheng Zhong

Direct in situ photolithography of perovskite quantum dots based on photocatalysis of lead bromide complexes

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 6713, 2022, (Perovskite nanomaterials may suffer degradation during conventional photolithography. Here, the authors report a non-destructive method for patterning perovskite quantum dots based on direct photopolymerization catalyzed by lead bromide complexes.).

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21.Atomically precise control of rotational dynamics in charged rare-earth complexes on a metal surface

Tolulope Michael Ajayi, Vijay Singh, Kyaw Zin Latt, Sanjoy Sarkar, Xinyue Cheng, Sineth Premarathna, Naveen K. Dandu, Shaoze Wang, Fahimeh Movahedifar, Sarah Wieghold, Nozomi Shirato, Volker Rose, Larry A. Curtiss, Anh T. Ngo, Eric Masson, Saw Wai Hla

Atomically precise control of rotational dynamics in charged rare-earth complexes on a metal surface

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 6305, 2022, (Rare-earth elements are vital to advanced technological applications ranging from spintronic devices to quantum information science. Here, the authors formed charged rare-earth complexes on a material surface and demonstrated atomically precise control on their rotational dynamics.).

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20.Remodeling nanodroplets into hierarchical mesoporous silica nanoreactors with multiple chambers

Yuzhu Ma, Hongjin Zhang, Runfeng Lin, Yan Ai, Kun Lan, Linlin Duan, Wenyao Chen, Xuezhi Duan, Bing Ma, Changyao Wang, Xiaomin Li, Dongyuan Zhao

Remodeling nanodroplets into hierarchical mesoporous silica nanoreactors with multiple chambers

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 6136, 2022, (Multi-chambered structures have attracted great attention due to their ability to create multifunctional partitions in different chambers. Here, the authors prepared mesoporous silica nanoreactors with hierarchical chambers for catalytic cascades.).

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19.Selective activation of four quasi-equivalent C–H bonds yields N-doped graphene nanoribbons with partial corannulene motifs

Yixuan Gao, Li Huang, Yun Cao, Marcus Richter, Jing Qi, Qi Zheng, Huan Yang, Ji Ma, Xiao Chang, Xiaoshuai Fu, Carlos-Andres Palma, Hongliang Lu, Yu-Yang Zhang, Zhihai Cheng, Xiao Lin, Min Ouyang, Xinliang Feng, Shixuan Du, Hong-Jun Gao

Selective activation of four quasi-equivalent C–H bonds yields N-doped graphene nanoribbons with partial corannulene motifs

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 6146, 2022, (Selective activation of C–H bonds is a key challenge in organic reactions. Here, the authors achieve the selective activation of four quasi-equivalent C–H bonds, leading to the formation of N-doped graphene nanoribbons with partial corannulene motifs.).

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18.Coemissive luminescent nanoparticles combining aggregation-induced emission and quenching dyes prepared in continuous flow

Chong Li, Qi Liu, Shengyang Tao

Coemissive luminescent nanoparticles combining aggregation-induced emission and quenching dyes prepared in continuous flow

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 6034, 2022, (Developing efficient light harvesting systems at low cost is a challenge. Here, the authors synthesized coemissive dyes in a continuous flow microreactor featuring a controlled cascade FRET process combining aggregation-induced emission and quenching.).

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17.Evidence of exciton-libron coupling in chirally adsorbed single molecules

Jiří Doležal, Sofia Canola, Prokop Hapala, Rodrigo Cezar de Campos Ferreira, Pablo Merino, Martin Švec

Evidence of exciton-libron coupling in chirally adsorbed single molecules

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 6008, 2022, (Vibronic coupling in molecules plays an essential role in photophysics. Here, the authors observe optical fingerprints of the coupling between librational states and charged excited states in a single phthalocyanine molecule chirally absorbed on a surface.).

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16.Plasmonic high-entropy carbides

Arrigo Calzolari, Corey Oses, Cormac Toher, Marco Esters, Xiomara Campilongo, Sergei P. Stepanoff, Douglas E. Wolfe, Stefano Curtarolo

Plasmonic high-entropy carbides

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5993, 2022, (Tunable plasmonic materials capable of surviving harsh environments are critical for advanced applications. Here, the authors report that some high-entropy transition-metal carbides can satisfy the requirements.).

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15.Direct strain correlations at the single-atom level in three-dimensional core-shell interface structures

Hyesung Jo, Dae Han Wi, Taegu Lee, Yongmin Kwon, Chaehwa Jeong, Juhyeok Lee, Hionsuck Baik, Alexander J. Pattison, Wolfgang Theis, Colin Ophus, Peter Ercius, Yea-Lee Lee, Seunghwa Ryu, Sang Woo Han, Yongsoo Yang

Direct strain correlations at the single-atom level in three-dimensional core-shell interface structures

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5957, 2022, (Understanding 3D interfacial strain at the atomic level has been a long-sought challenge in the field of core-shell nanomaterials. Here, the authors address this challenge by revealing the full 3D atomic structures of Pd@Pt core-shell nanoparticles.).

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14.Assembly-induced spin transfer and distance-dependent spin coupling in atomically precise AgCu nanoclusters

Nan Xia, Jianpei Xing, Di Peng, Shiyu Ji, Jun Zha, Nan Yan, Yan Su, Xue Jiang, Zhi Zeng, Jijun Zhao, Zhikun Wu

Assembly-induced spin transfer and distance-dependent spin coupling in atomically precise AgCu nanoclusters

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5934, 2022, (The assembly of atomically precise clusters into ordered superstructures enables new functional material designs. Here, the authors propose a strategy for linear arrangements of AgCu clusters and explore the consequent transfer and coupling of magnetic spins.).

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13.Chiral superstructures of inorganic nanorods by macroscopic mechanical grinding

Zhiwei Yang, Yanze Wei, Jingjing Wei, Zhijie Yang

Chiral superstructures of inorganic nanorods by macroscopic mechanical grinding

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5844, 2022, (Chiroptic materials made of self-assembled nanomaterials are essential for advanced optical applications. Here, the authors show that macroscopic grinding can break the symmetry in achiral superlattices of inorganic nanorods, generating chiral superstructures.).

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12.Evolution of Br⋯Br contacts in enantioselective molecular recognition during chiral 2D crystallization

Zhen-Yu Yi, Xue-Qing Yang, Jun-Jie Duan, Xiong Zhou, Ting Chen, Dong Wang, Li-Jun Wan

Evolution of Br⋯Br contacts in enantioselective molecular recognition during chiral 2D crystallization

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5850, 2022, (Halogen-mediated interactions control molecular recognition in many chemical and biological systems. Here, the authors demonstrate two types of Br⋯Br contacts and their importance in chiral on-surface crystallization.).

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11.Chiral molecular imprinting-based SERS detection strategy for absolute enantiomeric discrimination

Maryam Arabi, Abbas Ostovan, Yunqing Wang, Rongchao Mei, Longwen Fu, Jinhua Li, Xiaoyan Wang, Lingxin Chen

Chiral molecular imprinting-based SERS detection strategy for absolute enantiomeric discrimination

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5757, 2022, (Absolute chiral discrimination in chiral imprinted systems is complicated by the nonspecific binding of enantiomers. Here, the authors report a SERS “inspector” recognition mechanism to distinguish between specifically and nonspecifically bound enantiomers, even in seawater and urine.).

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10.Manipulation of time-dependent multicolour evolution of X-ray excited afterglow in lanthanide-doped fluoride nanoparticles

Lei Lei, Yubin Wang, Weixin Xu, Renguang Ye, Youjie Hua, Degang Deng, Liang Chen, Paras N. Prasad, Shiqing Xu

Manipulation of time-dependent multicolour evolution of X-ray excited afterglow in lanthanide-doped fluoride nanoparticles

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5739, 2022, (X-ray activated afterglow nanomaterials are desirable components for advanced optoelectronic applications. Here, the authors present pathways to modulate the stimulus-responsive color emissions in lanthanide-doped fluoride core-shell nanoparticles.).

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9.Synchronous quantitative analysis of chiral mesostructured inorganic crystals by 3D electron diffraction tomography

Jing Ai, Xueliang Zhang, Te Bai, Qing Shen, Peter Oleynikov, Yingying Duan, Osamu Terasaki, Shunai Che, Lu Han

Synchronous quantitative analysis of chiral mesostructured inorganic crystals by 3D electron diffraction tomography

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5718, 2022, (Chiral mesostructured inorganic crystals exhibit distinctive twisting and helical hierarchical stacking. Here, the authors report a general approach for the synchronous quantitative analysis of rotation axis, torsion angle, pitch length, and arrangement modes.).

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8.Double-crowned 2D semiconductor nanoplatelets with bicolor power-tunable emission

Corentin Dabard, Victor Guilloux, Charlie Gréboval, Hong Po, Lina Makke, Ningyuan Fu, Xiang Zhen Xu, Mathieu G. Silly, Gilles Patriarche, Emmanuel Lhuillier, Thierry Barisien, Juan I. Climente, Benjamin T. Diroll, Sandrine Ithurria

Double-crowned 2D semiconductor nanoplatelets with bicolor power-tunable emission

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 5094, 2022, (Nanocrystals are desirable light sources for advanced display technologies. Here, the authors report on double-crowned 2D semiconductor nanoplatelets as light downconverters that offer both green and red emissions to achieve a wide color gamut.).

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7.Imaging Cu2O nanocube hollowing in solution by quantitative in-situ X-ray ptychography

Lukas Grote, Martin Seyrich, Ralph Döhrmann, Sani Harouna-Mayer, Federica Mancini, Emilis Kaziukenas, Irene Fernandez-Cuesta, Cecilia Zito, Olga Vasylieva, Felix Wittwer, Michal Odstrcil, Natnael Mogos, Mirko Landmann, Christian Schroer, Dorota Koziej

Imaging Cu2O nanocube hollowing in solution by quantitative in-situ X-ray ptychography

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 4971, 2022, (Observing morphological changes of nanoparticles in solution requires advanced in-situ imaging methods. Here, the authors use X-ray ptychography to image the growth and hollowing of Cu2O nanocubes in 3D.).

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6.Three-dimensional nanoframes with dual rims as nanoprobes for biosensing

Hajir Hilal, Qiang Zhao, Jeongwon Kim, Sungwoo Lee, MohammadNavid Haddadnezhad, Sungjae Yoo, Soohyun Lee, Woongkyu Park, Woocheol Park, Jaewon Lee, Joong Wook Lee, Insub Jung, Sungho Park

Three-dimensional nanoframes with dual rims as nanoprobes for biosensing

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 4813, 2022, ( Most SERS-active nanostructures suffer from low robustness against misalignment to field polarization. Here, the authors demonstrate three-dimensional nanoframes of octahedral geometry, with two rims engraved on each facet, as polarization-independent SERS nanoprobes.).

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5.Precise electrical gating of the single-molecule Mizoroki-Heck reaction

Lei Zhang, Chen Yang, Chenxi Lu, Xingxing Li, Yilin Guo, Jianning Zhang, Jinglong Lin, Zhizhou Li, Chuancheng Jia, Jinlong Yang, K. N. Houk, Fanyang Mo, Xuefeng Guo

Precise electrical gating of the single-molecule Mizoroki-Heck reaction

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 4552 , 2022, (Guiding chemical reactions in a predictable and controllable manner is an ultimate goal of chemistry. Here, the authors show tuning of the single-molecule Mizoroki-Heck catalytic cycle through electrical gating and direct in-situ detection.).

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4.Nesting of multiple polyhedral plasmonic nanoframes into a single entity

Sungjae Yoo, Jaewon Lee, Hajir Hilal, Insub Jung, Woongkyu Park, Joong Wook Lee, Soobong Choi, Sungho Park

Nesting of multiple polyhedral plasmonic nanoframes into a single entity

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 4544 , 2022, (The spatial configuration of nanostructure building blocks determines the physical and optical properties of their superstructures. Here, the authors report on complex nanoparticles in which different geometric forms of nanoframes are nested into a single entity by multistep chemical reactions.).

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3.Conformational heterogeneity of molecules physisorbed on a gold surface at room temperature

Mingu Kang, Hyun Woo Kim, Elham Oleiki, Yeonjeong Koo, Hyeongwoo Lee, Huitae Joo, Jinseong Choi, Taeyong Eom, Geunsik Lee, Yung Doug Suh, Kyoung-Duck Park

Conformational heterogeneity of molecules physisorbed on a gold surface at room temperature

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 4133, 2022, (Tip-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy at room temperature is complicated by molecular conformational dynamics, photobleaching, contaminations, and chemical reactions in air. This study demonstrates that a sub-nm protective layer of Al2O3 provides robust conditions for probing single-molecule conformations.).

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2.Adenine oligomer directed synthesis of chiral gold nanoparticles

Nam Heon Cho, Young Bi Kim, Yoon Young Lee, Sang Won Im, Ryeong Myeong Kim, Jeong Won Kim, Seok Daniel Namgung, Hye-Eun Lee, Hyeohn Kim, Jeong Hyun Han, Hye Won Chung, Yoon Ho Lee, Jeong Woo Han, Ki Tae Nam

Adenine oligomer directed synthesis of chiral gold nanoparticles

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 3831, 2022, (Chiral plasmonic nanoparticles are of great interest in nanotechnology. Here, the authors demonstrate chiral shape guidance by single-stranded oligonucleotides during particle growth based on sequence-specific hydrogen bonding within the strand.).

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1.Biomimetic non-classical crystallization drives hierarchical structuring of efficient circularly polarized phosphors

Li-Zhe Feng, Jing-Jing Wang, Tao Ma, Yi-Chen Yin, Kuang-Hui Song, Zi-Du Li, Man-Man Zhou, Shan Jin, Taotao Zhuang, Fengjia Fan, Manzhou Zhu, Hong-Bin Yao

Biomimetic non-classical crystallization drives hierarchical structuring of efficient circularly polarized phosphors

In: Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 3339, 2022, (Chiral emitters with high photoluminescence quantum yield are desirable for use in circularly polarized LEDs. The authors demonstrate the transfer of chirality from nanoscale copper iodide clusters to microscale chiral luminescent polycrystals by non-classical crystallization.).

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