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Nature Nanotechnology Contents May 2017 Volume 12 Number 5 pp395-496

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May 2017 Volume 12, Issue 5

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Think bigger   p395
With the publication of a method for fast oil spill clean-up we reflect on the importance of addressing scalability from an early stage when reporting techniques aimed at improving the environment.



Emerging technologies and the role of NGOs   pp397 - 400
Evan S. Michelson
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are involved in policy discussions surrounding the societal implications of emerging technologies. But what practices and strategies undertaken by these organizations are most influential in anticipating the longer-term societal implications of nanotechnology?

Research Highlights


Our choice from the recent literature   p401

News and Views


Quantum effects: Heat flow in atomic bottlenecks   pp402 - 403
Oleg Kolosov
The Wiedemann-Franz law linking electrical and thermal conductance has now been verified experimentally in atomic junctions.

See also: Letter by Mosso et al.

Supramolecular chemistry: Host in translation   pp403 - 404
Jonathan Clayden
Length- and chirality-matching between polycarbamate templates and polyamide hosts provide a means of translating structural information from one molecule to another.

See also: Letter by Gan et al.

Biophysics: A toehold in cell surface dynamics   pp404 - 406
Paul A. Beales
A combination of standard fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry offers a practical new approach to study encounter rates and preferences during various live cell membrane signalling events.

See also: Article by You et al.

Oil spill recovery: Graphene heaters absorb faster   pp406 - 407
Despina Fragouli and Athanassia Athanassiou
Wrapping polymeric sponges in graphene nanoribbons provides an efficient way to separate and absorb heavy crude oil spilled in water.

See also: Letter by Ge et al.

Obituary: Mildred S. Dresselhaus (1930-2017)   p408
Jing Kong, Tomas Palacios, Leora Dresselhaus-Cooper and Shoshi Cooper

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Transmission of chirality through space and across length scales   pp410 - 419
Sarah M. Morrow, Andrew J. Bissette and Stephen P. Fletcher
This Review charts how chiral information can be relayed across length scales in nanomaterials and beyond.



Atomic-scale sensing of the magnetic dipolar field from single atoms   pp420 - 424
Taeyoung Choi, William Paul, Steffen Rolf-Pissarczyk, Andrew J. Macdonald, Fabian D. Natterer et al.
The dipole–dipole magnetic interaction between individual atoms on MgO surfaces is quantified by performing electron spin resonance by means of a scanning tunnelling microscope, opening new paths towards structural imaging with sub-nm resolution.

0–π phase-controllable thermal Josephson junction   pp425 - 429
Antonio Fornieri, Giuliano Timossi, Pauli Virtanen, Paolo Solinas and Francesco Giazotto
Graphene nanoconstrictions achieved via mechanical exfoliation of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite evidence clear signatures of one-dimensional transport via zigzag edges.

Heat transport through atomic contacts   pp430 - 433
Nico Mosso, Ute Drechsler, Fabian Menges, Peter Nirmalraj, Siegfried Karg et al.
Heat transport measurements in single-atom junctions verify the proportionality between thermal and electrical conductance.

See also: News and Views by Kolosov

Joule-heated graphene-wrapped sponge enables fast clean-up of viscous crude-oil spill   pp434 - 440
Jin Ge, Lu-An Shi, Yong-Chao Wang, Hao-Yu Zhao, Hong-Bin Yao et al.
High-speed absorption of vicious crude oil spill into oil sorbent was realized by introducing the Joule heating effect of graphene to the interface between the skeleton surfaces of sorbent and oil.

See also: News and Views by Fragouli & Athanassiou

An efficient and pH-universal ruthenium-based catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction   pp441 - 446
Javeed Mahmood, Feng Li, Sun-Min Jung, Mahmut Sait Okyay, Ishfaq Ahmad et al.
Ruthenium nanoparticles homogeneously dispersed in a nitrogenated, two-dimensional carbon matrix show high turnover frequency and small overpotential for hydrogen evolution reaction both in acidic and alkaline media.

Translation of rod-like template sequences into homochiral assemblies of stacked helical oligomers   pp447 - 452
Quan Gan, Xiang Wang, Brice Kauffmann, Frédéric Rosu, Yann Ferrand et al.
Multiple urethane groups in the same rod-like structure template the assembly of aromatic helices to form artificial folded architectures as large as 20 kDa with atomic precision.

See also: News and Views by Clayden

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DNA probes for monitoring dynamic and transient molecular encounters on live cell membranes   pp453 - 459
Mingxu You, Yifan Lyu, Da Han, Liping Qiu, Qiaoling Liu et al.
A DNA probe that translocates from one anchor site to another by toehold-mediated DNA strand displacement is used to monitor transient molecular encounter events on live cell membranes.

See also: News and Views by Beales

CMOS nanoelectrode array for all-electrical intracellular electrophysiological imaging   pp460 - 466
Jeffrey Abbott, Tianyang Ye, Ling Qin, Marsela Jorgolli, Rona S. Gertner et al.
Nanoscale intracellular electrodes and CMOS integrated circuit technology are combined to realize a new intracellular and network-level all-electrical electrophysiological imager.

Real-time visualization of perforin nanopore assembly   pp467 - 473
Carl Leung, Adrian W. Hodel, Amelia J. Brennan, Natalya Lukoyanova, Sharon Tran et al.
Perforin monomers self-assemble into pre-pores that first insert into the membrane and then recruit additional subunits to grow in size.

Directed assembly of bio-inspired hierarchical materials with controlled nanofibrillar architectures   pp474 - 480
Peter Tseng, Bradley Napier, Siwei Zhao, Alexander N. Mitropoulos, Matthew B. Applegate et al.
A combination of mechanical constraints and directed assembly of silk-fibroin leads to the generation of engineered hierarchical structures with control over multiple length scales from the macro, to the micro and nanoscales.

Triboelectric nanogenerators for sensitive nano-coulomb molecular mass spectrometry   pp481 - 487
Anyin Li, Yunlong Zi, Hengyu Guo, Zhong Lin Wang and Facundo M. Fernández
The high output voltage of triboelectric nanogenerators enables well-controlled ion pulses for nanoelectrospray molecular mass spectrometry and surface modification.

Single-molecule electrometry   pp488 - 495
Francesca Ruggeri, Franziska Zosel, Natalie Mutter, Miroslawa Rózycka, Magdalena Wojtas et al.
The electrical charge of biological macromolecules is measured with single-charge precision.

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Reimagining physics   p496
Julien Bobroff
Julien Bobroff describes new ways to popularize fundamental and applied condensed-matter physics.

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