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On the propulsion mechanism of “jumping” crystals

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A crystalline metal–organic complex undergoes a polymorphic transformation upon cooling below 215 K. Depending on the cooling rate, crystals exhibit different behaviours that include breaking and “jumping”. Variable temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical microscopy have been employed to analyze the anisotropic changes of the crystallographic axes and propose a mechanism by which the crystals acquire the momentum for the jump.

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The article was received on 24 Jul 2013, accepted on 09 Aug 2013 and first published on 09 Aug 2013

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45646C
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 9293-9295
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    On the propulsion mechanism of “jumping” crystals

    M. Lusi and J. Bernstein, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 9293
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45646C

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