Flexible Crystals

The discovery and atomic-scale characterisation of flexible crystals by UQ & QUT researchers challenges conventional notions about crystalline structures and paves the way for innovations in electronics and hybrid aerospace materials.

The extent of flexibility is represented in the ability of these crystals to be tied into knots by these especially dexterous researchers.

With their work being described as “overhauling our current understanding of crystal structures”, the research published in the illustrious journal Nature Chemistry ties current thinking in knots.

Future research is being targeted towards advances in the areas of conductivity, non-linear fibre optics and magnetism.

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