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Negative linear compressibility

Giant response

Materials displaying negative linear compressibility are, at present, the exception rather than the rule. An unusually large and persistent example of this phenomenon in the molecular framework material zinc dicyanoaurate dramatically expands the range of mechanical responses conceivable in other materials.

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Figure 1: Negative linear compressibility mechanisms2.


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Gatt, R., Caruana-Gauci, R. & Grima, J. Giant response. Nature Mater 12, 182–183 (2013).

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