On the propulsion mechanism of “jumping” crystals

Matteo Lusi, Joel Bernstein

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9293-9295
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number81
StatePublished - 17 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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