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September 2018 Volume 17, Issue 9

News & Views
Review Articles
Amendments & Corrections
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News & Views


Ferromagnetism in a topological semimetal    pp750 - 751
D. A. Pesin

Perovskites cover silicon textures    pp751 - 752
Anita Ho-Baillie

Extreme gels    p753
Philip Ball

Luminal coating of the intestine    pp754 - 755
Gregor Fuhrmann

Switching by topological insulators    pp755 - 757
Chi-Feng Pai

When defects are not defects    pp757 - 758
Arkady V. Krasheninnikov

Rolling sound waves    pp759 - 760
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Review Articles


Biomaterial-assisted targeted modulation of immune cells in cancer treatment    pp761 - 772
Hua Wang & David J. Mooney

Immunotherapies have shown significant promise in cancer treatment. This Review discusses how a range of materials have been employed to enhance the effectiveness of these therapies by mediating their delivery and immunomodulatory activity.


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Quantum spin liquids unveil the genuine Mott state    pp773 - 777
A. Pustogow, M. Bories, A. Löhle, R. Rösslhuber, E. Zhukova et al.

A thorough analysis of the optical and transport properties of several two-dimensional organic conductors and insulators with varying on-site correlation strengths and bandwidths led to a quantitative phase diagram for pristine Mott insulators.


Two-dimensional itinerant ferromagnetism in atomically thin Fe3GeTe2    pp778 - 782
Zaiyao Fei, Bevin Huang, Paul Malinowski, Wenbo Wang, Tiancheng Song et al.

Metallic ferromagnetism is reported in an exfoliated monolayer of the van der Waals material Fe3GeTe2.


Intermixing and periodic self-assembly of borophene line defects    pp783 - 788
Xiaolong Liu, Zhuhua Zhang, Luqing Wang, Boris I. Yakobson & Mark C. Hersam

Borophene grown under suitable conditions can have phase intermixing, with line defects in each phase adopting the unit structure of the other phase. Such 1D defects self-assemble into 2D periodic arrays, constituting new phases of borophene.


Sounds and hydrodynamics of polar active fluids    pp789 - 793
Delphine Geyer, Alexandre Morin & Denis Bartolo

Sound wave propagation is used to quantitatively describe the hydrodynamics of an active colloidal medium.




Large anomalous Hall current induced by topological nodal lines in a ferromagnetic van der Waals semimetal    pp794 - 799
Kyoo Kim, Junho Seo, Eunwoo Lee, K.-T. Ko, B. S. Kim et al.

A combined experimental and theoretical approach identifies the van der Waals material Fe3GeTe2 as a candidate ferromagnetic nodal line semimetal. These results extend the connections between topology and magnetism.


Room-temperature high spin–orbit torque due to quantum confinement in sputtered BixSe(1–x) films    pp800 - 807
Mahendra DC, Roberto Grassi, Jun-Yang Chen, Mahdi Jamali, Danielle Reifsnyder Hickey et al.

Sputtered BixSe(1–x) thin films can generate very large current-induced spin–orbit torque, capable to switch both in-plane and out-of-plane magnetized CoFeB-based structures deposited on top, at room temperature.


A conductive topological insulator with large spin Hall effect for ultralow power spin–orbit torque switching    pp808 - 813
Nguyen Huynh Duy Khang, Yugo Ueda & Pham Nam Hai

A large spin–orbit torque, generated in a conductive topological insulator (TI) Bi0.9Sb0.1 is further employed to effectively switch the magnetization of MnGa in a BiSb/MnGa bilayer Hall-bar device at room temperature.


Long-range symmetry breaking in embedded ferroelectrics    pp814 - 819
Hugh Simons, Astri Bjørnetun Haugen, Anders Clemen Jakobsen, Søren Schmidt, Frederik Stöhr et al.

Ferroelectricity can be modified by domain wall strain fields that extend over nanometres. Here, with X-ray microscopy, strain fields over several micrometres are observed in BaTiO3, suggesting ferroelectricity is globally altered throughout the material.


Fully textured monolithic perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells with 25.2% power conversion efficiency    pp820 - 826
Florent Sahli, Jérémie Werner, Brett A. Kamino, Matthias Bräuninger, Raphaël Monnard et al.

An optimized two-step deposition process allows the formation of uniform layers of metal halide perovskites on textured silicon layers, enabling tandem silicon/perovskite solar cells with improved optical design and efficiency.


Surface distortion as a unifying concept and descriptor in oxygen reduction reaction electrocatalysis    pp827 - 833
Raphaël Chattot, Olivier Le Bacq, Vera Beermann, Stefanie Kühl, Juan Herranz et al.

Tuning surface structure is key for electrocatalytic performance and stability of proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. Surface distortion as a structural descriptor can help to clarify the role of surface defects and to design enhanced nanocatalysts.


Therapeutic luminal coating of the intestine    pp834 - 842
Yuhan Lee, Tara E. Deelman, Keyue Chen, Dawn S. Y. Lin, Ali Tavakkoli et al.

The gastrointestinal tract is a therapeutic target for type-2 diabetes. An orally deliverable sucralfate-based material is shown to form a physical coating in the gut, capable of limiting glucose uptake and also administering drugs to the gut lining.


Amendments & Corrections


Publisher Correction: Carbon nanotubes as emerging quantum-light sources    p843
X. He, H. Htoon, S. K. Doorn, W. H. P. Pernice, F. Pyatkov et al.

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