Scientists propose a new measure of flexibility for crystals

Researchers from JNCASR have introduced a new quantitative measure to evaluate the mechanical flexibility of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Their method assesses flexibility based on internal structural rearrangements and can rate crystals on a scale from zero to one. This novel approach offers deeper insights into MOFs’ flexibility, facilitating the identification of next-generation flexible materials through database screening. The interdisciplinary study, involving scientists from Oxford University and UC Santa Barbara, aims to revolutionize materials science by enhancing the design and application of ultra-flexible crystalline materials.

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