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Cool conditions for mobile ions

A complex iron oxide has been made that has an unusual crystal structure suggesting that the oxide ions are surprisingly mobile. This finding could pave the way to other metal-oxide materials with useful properties.

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Figure 1: Ion movement in a complex metal oxide.


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Hayward, M., Rosseinsky, M. Cool conditions for mobile ions. Nature 450, 960–961 (2007).

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