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The quantum game p391 doi:10.1038/nmat4892 With the launch of the Quantum Technologies Flagship, the European Union is looking to become a major player in the upcoming quantum revolution, reaping benefits both for technology development and wealth creation for the European society.
Organic electronics: Battery-like artificial synapses pp396 - 397 J. Joshua Yang and Qiangfei Xia doi:10.1038/nmat4870 Borrowing the operating principles of a battery, a three-terminal organic switch has been developed on a flexible plastic substrate. The device consumes very little power and can be used as an artificial synapse for brain-inspired computing.
Spectroscopy: Mapping spins in flatland pp397 - 398 Igor Aharonovich and Fedor Jelezko doi:10.1038/nmat4881 Nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy is used to map the properties of atomically thin hexagonal boron nitride, with the help of the nitrogen–vacancy colour centres engineered in a diamond layer placed under the 2D material.
Modelling heterogeneous interfaces for solar water splitting pp401 - 408 Tuan Anh Pham, Yuan Ping and Giulia Galli doi:10.1038/nmat4803 Hydrogen generation from water and sunlight offers a promising way to produce carbon-free energy. Recent progress in predicting properties of heterogeneous interfaces for solar water splitting using first-principles approaches is now reviewed.
Structure of a model TiO2 photocatalytic interface pp461 - 466 H. Hussain, G. Tocci, T. Woolcot, X. Torrelles, C. L. Pang et al. doi:10.1038/nmat4793 The interaction of water with TiO2 is crucial for applications such as photocatalytic water splitting. The interfacial structure between water and rutile TiO2 is now shown to consist of an array of hydroxyl molecules with water in the second layer.
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