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Novel materials, materials design and synthetic strategies: recent advances and new directions

Abstract

There have been major advances in solid state and materials chemistry in the last two decades and the subject is growing rapidly. In this account, a few of the important aspects of materials chemistry of interest to the author are presented. Accordingly, transition metal oxides, which constitute the most fascinating class of inorganic materials, receive greater attention. Metal-insulator transitions in oxides, high temperature superconductivity in cuprates and colossal magnetoresistance in manganates are discussed at some length and the outstanding problems indicated. We then discuss certain other important classes of materials which include molecular materials, biomolecular materials and porous solids. Recent developments in synthetic strategies for inorganic materials are reviewed. Some results on metal nanoparticles and nanotubes are briefly presented. The overview, which is essentially intended to provide a flavour of the subject and show how it works, lists references to many crucial reviews in the recent literature.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/A804467H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 1999,9, 1-14
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    Novel materials, materials design and synthetic strategies: recent advances and new directions

    C. N. R. Rao, J. Mater. Chem., 1999, 9, 1
    DOI: 10.1039/A804467H

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