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But moving from the wider Materials Today family, to the Materials Today journal; this issue begin as and ends with our regular Uncovered feature, this time showing Buckling waves in aluminum on a polyimide sea, as Riccardo Lucchini looks at reliable design strategies for stretchable electronics. Onto Comments, and Miriam Unterlass discusses Creating Geomimetic Polymers: from hydrothermal veins to highly crystalline polymers. In this edition's review articles we begin with Li-ion battery materials: Present & future, as Gleb Yushin et al. cover key technological developments and scientific challenges for a broad range of Li-ion battery electrode materials. Sticking with the theme of energy, Guozhen Shen and colleagues discuss Flexible fiber energy storage and integrated devices: Recent progress and perspectives, with particular emphasis on their electrode fabrication, structure design, and flexibility. Next, Thierry Darmanin and Frédéric Guittard report on Superhydrophobic and superoleophobic properties in nature, and their potential for application. Finally, Jong-Beom Baek and co-workers highlight Graphene and molybdenum disulfide hybrids and their role in electrochemical energy storage, sensing, hydrogen generation by photochemical water splitting and electronic device applications.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.mattod.2015.04.023