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Solid-state chemistry

Crystal tennis rackets

The idea of bendy crystals, especially ones that move rapidly and reversibly in response to light, seems strange. Such materials have now been prepared — but how do they change shape so dramatically without cracking?

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Figure 1: Light-driven crystal movement.

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McBride, J. Crystal tennis rackets. Nature 446, 736–737 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/446736a

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