07/04/2021 Publications scientifiques

Open questions on the transition between nanoscale and bulk properties of metals

Nanoscience has progressed tremendously in the exploration of new phenomena not seen in bulk materials, however, the transition between nanoscale and bulk properties is not yet fully understood. Here the authors identify and discuss remaining open questions that call for future efforts.


Metals (including alloys) are arguably the earliest man-made materials utilized for making tools
after the Stone Age and have played critical roles in human civilization. Since the 20th century,
many mysteries of metals have been unraveled, such as their structures, mechanisms of electrical
and thermal conduction, superconductivity, electronic excitations, quantum spin and exchange.
Herein the authors focus on the evolution from atomic state to nanoscale to bulk metals, and the
importance of fundamentally understanding where each regime begins and ends.

DOI : 10.1038/s42004-021-00466-6

More information : www.nature.com/articles/s42004-021-00466-6