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Mechanochemistry breaks with expectations

Tensile strain of a solid surface can result in either strengthening or weakening of bonds with adsorbates. Adsorption energies of different adsorbate/site combinations may be shifted in different directions — a striking violation of the Brønsted–Evans–Polanyi relation.

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Fig. 1: Relating atomic-scale mechanical interactions to experimental signatures in the macroscopic world.


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Weissmüller, J. Mechanochemistry breaks with expectations. Nat Catal 1, 238–239 (2018).

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