A fundamental challenge in systems chemistry is to engineer the emergence of complex behaviour. The collective structures of metal cyanide chains have now been interpreted in the same manner as the myriad of magnetic phases displayed by frustrated spin systems, highlighting a symbiotic approach between systems chemistry and magnetism.
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Clark, L., Lightfoot, P. All in a spin. Nature Chem 8, 402–404 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2510