Carnegie Releases New Research on How Asymmetry Confers Chemical Properties

ScienceDaily | July 02, 2020

New research by Carnegie's Olivier Gagné and collaborator Frank Hawthorne of the University of Manitoba categorizes the causes of structural asymmetry, some surprising, which underpin useful properties of crystals, including ferroelectricity, photoluminescence, and photovoltaic ability. Their findings are published this week as a lead article in the International Union of Crystallography Journal.

"Understanding how different bond arrangements convey various useful attributes is central to the materials sciences" explained Gagné. "For this project, we were particularly interested in what variations in bond lengths mean for a material's most-exciting characteristics, and in how to create a framework for their optimization."

This was the fifth and final installment in a series of papers by Gagné and Hawthorne examining variability in bond lengths of crystalline structures. This time around they focused on compounds made up of oxygen and elements from the category called transition metals.


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