Solid-state chemistry

Solid-state chemistry is the study of the preparation, structure and properties of solid materials.

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  • Research Highlights |

    Particle swarm optimization allows one to search vast compositional space for new viable species. Additionally, simulating high pressures has enabled the prediction of hypervalent species such as IF8.

    • David Schilter
  • Research Highlights |

    Oxidation states and radii of cations dictate their arrangement in double perovskite oxides and influence the material’s properties. Isovalent cations are known to be disordered in double perovskite oxides, but an unusual ordering of Fe3+ and Al3+ has been found in Bi2FeAlO6.

    • Jacilynn Brant
  • News and Views |

    The applicability of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) — in spite of their obvious potential — is hindered by stability issues, in particular towards water. Now, a ‘crumple zone’ concept has been proposed in which the presence of sacrificial bonds protects a MOF without significantly altering its structure or functionality.

    • Jürgen Senker
    Nature Chemistry 10, 1079-1081
  • News and Views |

    Disentangling the chemistry and physics behind reported unconventional superconductivity and exotic magnetism in alkali-intercalated PAHs has remained problematic due to the lack of phase-pure samples. Two synthetic pathways have now remedied this issue, facilitating studies of cooperative electronic properties based on carbon π-electrons.

    • Roser Valentí
    •  & Stephen M. Winter
    Nature Chemistry 9, 608-609