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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).
Nature Materials
  1. Linking in situ charge accumulation to electronic structure in doped SrTiO3 reveals design principles for hydrogen-evolving photocatalysts

    Nature Materials, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00868-2

    Understanding the origin of unprecedented solar-to-hydrogen efficiencies in doped SrTiO3 has proved challenging. Linking in situ charge accumulation to electronic structure in this system now reveals design principles for hydrogen-evolving photocatalysts.
  2. Tuning electrochemically driven surface transformation in atomically flat LaNiO3 thin films for enhanced water electrolysis

    Nature Materials, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00877-1

    Structure–activity relationships built on descriptors of surfaces can help to design electrocatalysts, but their identification for electrochemically driven surface transformations is challenging. The composition of LaNiO3 thin film surfaces can now dictate surface transformation and activity of the oxygen evolution reaction.
  3. Unfavourable interactions enable stability

    Nature Materials, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00889-x

    Use of polymer and small-molecule semiconductors with relatively poor miscibility helps the long-term stability of the morphology and photovoltaic performance of bulk heterojunction films used in organic solar cells.
  4. Restriction boosts piezoelectricity

    Nature Materials, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00890-4

    Large reversible shear strain has been achieved by electric-field-driven bipolar switching in a hybrid ferroelectric, facilitating development of shape-memory-type actuators with outstanding figures of merit.
  5. Direct imaging of atomistic grain boundary migration

    Nature Materials, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41563-020-00879-z

    The atomic process of grain boundary migration has been directly observed by scanning transmission electron microscopy, revealing transformations between different stable or metastable grain boundary structures.

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