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August 2017 Volume 16, Issue 8

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Thermal hall effect: Turn your phonon   pp784 - 785
Xavier Moya and Neil D. Mathur
Heat travelling down a thermal gradient has been found to undergo a significant deflection by a magnetic field in a multiferroic insulator.

See also: Letter by Ideue et al.

Molecular separation: Flexing with the flow   p785
Stephen Shevlin

Acoustic metamaterials: Living bandgaps   pp786 - 787
Kyle J. M. Bishop
Sound waves drive the organization of particle scatterers into stable structures, exhibiting phononic band gaps that heal from disturbances and adapt to changes in the drive.

See also: Article by Bachelard et al.

Maraging steels: Making steel strong and cheap   pp787 - 789
J. W. Morris Jr
Introducing high-density ordered nanoprecipitates into martensitic steel increases strength at modest cost.

Material witness: Seeking comfort in the Iron Age   p789
Philip Ball

Biological labels: Here comes the spaser   pp790 - 791
Catherine Alix-Panabières and Klaus Pantel
Plasmonic nanolasers embedded in living cells and animal tissues are shown to emit strongly, making them promising potential biocompatible probes.

See also: Article by Galanzha et al.

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Strength of the repulsive part of the interatomic potential determines fragility in metallic liquids   pp792 - 796
Christopher E. Pueblo, Minhua Sun and K. F. Kelton
Liquid fragility is a basic characteristic of glasses and there is debate as to what controls it. X-ray scattering of several metallic liquids now suggests that the strength of the repulsive part of the interatomic potential is key.

Giant thermal Hall effect in multiferroics   pp797 - 802
T. Ideue, T. Kurumaji, S. Ishiwata and Y. Tokura
Giant coupling between magnetism and phonons — or the giant thermal Hall effect — is reported in the insulating polar magnet (ZnxFe1-x)2Mo3O8.

See also: News and Views by Moya & Mathur

Multi-stimuli manipulation of antiferromagnetic domains assessed by second-harmonic imaging   pp803 - 807
J.-Y. Chauleau, E. Haltz, C. Carrétéro, S. Fusil and M. Viret
Sub-coercive electric fields and sub-picosecond light pulses are shown to enable low-power manipulation of antiferromagnetic domains in the multiferroic BiFeO3.

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Emergence of an enslaved phononic bandgap in a non-equilibrium pseudo-crystal   pp808 - 813
Nicolas Bachelard, Chad Ropp, Marc Dubois, Rongkuo Zhao, Yuan Wang et al.
The dynamic self-assembly of a pseudo-crystal, characterized by a phononic bandgap bound to the wavelength of an external coherent driving field.

See also: News and Views by Bishop

Synthesis of Ti3AuC2, Ti3Au2C2 and Ti3IrC2 by noble metal substitution reaction in Ti3SiC2 for high-temperature-stable Ohmic contacts to SiC   pp814 - 818
Hossein Fashandi, Martin Dahlqvist, Jun Lu, Justinas Palisaitis, Sergei I. Simak et al.
Substitution of Si with Au and Ir in Ti3SiC2 through a solid-state diffusion process allows the synthesis of Ti3AuC2, Ti3Au2C2 and Ti3IrC2 phases able to form Ohmic contacts with SiC stable at high temperatures under ambient air conditions.

Excitation-wavelength-dependent small polaron trapping of photoexcited carriers in α-Fe2O3   pp819 - 825
Lucas M. Carneiro, Scott K. Cushing, Chong Liu, Yude Su, Peidong Yang et al.
The effect of polaron formation on photoconversion efficiency for oxide photocatalysts is not well known. Femtosecond extreme-ultraviolet measurements suggest that polaron localization is responsible for ultrafast trapping of photoexcited carriers in haematite.

Dopant compensation in alloyed CH3NH3PbBr3–xClx perovskite single crystals for gamma-ray spectroscopy   pp826 - 833
Haotong Wei, Dylan DeSantis, Wei Wei, Yehao Deng, Dengyang Guo et al.
Hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite single crystals with optimized combination of Cl and Br ions are used to fabricate γ-ray detectors operating at room temperature and competing with the performance of sodium iodide scintillators.

Printable elastic conductors by in situ formation of silver nanoparticles from silver flakes   pp834 - 840
Naoji Matsuhisa, Daishi Inoue, Peter Zalar, Hanbit Jin, Yorishige Matsuba et al.
Printing and heating of a fluorinated elastomer mixed with silver flakes, a fluorine surfactant and methylisobutylketone leads to the formation of in situ silver nanoparticles, which boost the conductivity of this highly stretchable composite material.

Universal quinone electrodes for long cycle life aqueous rechargeable batteries   pp841 - 848
Yanliang Liang, Yan Jing, Saman Gheytani, Kuan-Yi Lee, Ping Liu et al.
Aqueous rechargeable batteries are promising for grid storage and electric vehicles, but they suffer from poor cycle life due to anode instability. Exploiting stable ion-coordination charge storage and chemical inertness towards aqueous electrolytes, quinones are now reported as stable anodes.

See also: News and Views by Crispin & Kalinin

Molecular engineering of chiral colloidal liquid crystals using DNA origami   pp849 - 856
Mahsa Siavashpouri, Christian H. Wachauf, Mark J. Zakhary, Florian Praetorius, Hendrik Dietz et al.
DNA origami allows the design of rod-shaped particles with specific geometrical features. This is exploited to examine how particle-level characteristics affect properties of the bulk phase and the superstructures such colloids assemble into.

Phagocytosis-inspired behaviour in synthetic protocell communities of compartmentalized colloidal objects   pp857 - 863
Laura Rodríguez-Arco, Mei Li and Stephen Mann
Droplets with magnetite membranes are designed to engulf in a phagocytosis-inspired manner smaller colloidal objects, demonstrating a route for sequential cargo delivery and release followed by internalized reactions.

Tension stimulation drives tissue formation in scaffold-free systems   pp864 - 873
Jennifer K. Lee, Le W. Huwe, Nikolaos Paschos, Ashkan Aryaei, Courtney A. Gegg et al.
The application of tension in a self-assembled articular-cartilage model leads to the formation of tissue with tensile properties similar to those of native tissue.

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Corrigendum: Observation and coherent control of interface-induced electronic resonances in a field-effect transistor   p874
J. O. Tenorio-Pearl, E. D. Herbschleb, S. Fleming, C. Creatore, S. Oda et al.

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