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  1. Masthead: (Adv. Mater. 7/2016)

    Article first published online: 11 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201670045

  2. Inkjet Printing: Fabrication of Transparent Multilayer Circuits by Inkjet Printing (Adv. Mater. 7/2016) (page 1523)

    Jieke Jiang, Bin Bao, Mingzhu Li, Jiazhen Sun, Cong Zhang, Yang Li, Fengyu Li, Xi Yao and Yanlin Song

    Article first published online: 11 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201670047

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    By inkjet-printing silver-nanoparticle ink into a liquid substrate, Y. Song and co-workers fabricate conductive microcables that are embedded in a transparent film, in work described on page 1420. By controlling the spreading of the ink droplet and the rheological properties of the liquid substrate, transparent multilayer circuits composed of high-resolution embedded cables are achieved using a commercial inkjet printer. As the silver cables are encapsulated by a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) matrix, the embedded circuits can bend reversibly without an apparent resistance increase. This facile strategy provides a new avenue for inkjet-printing of highly integrated and transparent electronics, which is highly desirable in wearable electronics and implantable devices.

  3. Polymer Brushes: Mussel-Inspired Polymer Carpets: Direct Photografting of Polymer Brushes on Polydopamine Nanosheets for Controlled Cell Adhesion (Adv. Mater. 7/2016) (page 1330)

    Daniel Hafner, Lisa Ziegler, Muhammad Ichwan, Tao Zhang, Maximilian Schneider, Michael Schiffmann, Claudia Thomas, Karsten Hinrichs, Rainer Jordan and Ihsan Amin

    Article first published online: 11 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201670043

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    Two-dimensional mussel-inspired polydopamine (PDA) nano-sheets are prepared and exploited as a functional surface for grafting various polymer brushes by R. Jordan, I. Amin, and co-workers, as described on page 1489. The PDA nanosheet and its polymer-brush derivatives show lateral integrity and are robust; therefore, they can be detached from their substrates. Cell-adhesion tests show that the PDA nanosheet promotes cell attachment and growth, while a PDA-based poly(3-sulfopropyl methacrylate) carpet exhibits non-fouling behavior.

  4. Emulsifiers: Tripeptide Emulsifiers (Adv. Mater. 7/2016) (page 1329)

    Gary G. Scott, Paul J. McKnight, Tell Tuttle and Rein V. Ulijn

    Article first published online: 11 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201670042

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    A series of tripeptides are shown by T. Tuttle, R. V. Ulijn, and co-workers to stabilize oil-in-water emulsions with highly tunable properties in work presented on page 1381. Using a combination of simulations and experiments, they show that two types of emulsions may be produced depending on peptide sequence, either forming stable interfacial nanofiber networks or more conventional surfactant-like monolayers. These biodegradable emulsifiers have direct applications in cosmetics and food science.

  5. Optical Transmission: Enhanced Optical Transmission through MacEtch-Fabricated Buried Metal Gratings (Adv. Mater. 7/2016) (page 1440)

    Runyu Liu, Xiang Zhao, Christopher Roberts, Lan Yu, Parsian K. Mohseni, Xiuling Li, Viktor Podolskiy and Daniel Wasserman

    Article first published online: 11 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201670046

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    On page 1441, D. Wasserman and co-workers demonstrate a nanostructured thin film formed by engraving a thin, patterned metal layer into a semiconductor substrate via the MacEtch technique. The patterned film allows for enhanced electrical contact and simultaneously transmits more light than a smooth air-semiconductor interface. The demonstrated approach has the potential for integration with a wide range of optoelectronic devices.