New type of crystal expels liquid when squeezed

A new type of crystalline solid changes phase and reversibly releases one equivalent of solvent when heated or put under pressure. It’s ‘a unique behaviour we haven’t seen in any previous materials,’ says Michael Zdilla, Department of Chemistry, part of a team that discovered the property by accident. ‘Accidents are, in my experience, the most exciting thing that can happen in science.’

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May 18, 2021