Solid-state chemistry

Solid-state chemistry is the study of the preparation, structure and properties of solid materials.

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  • Research Highlights |

    An article in Advanced Materials reports a computational and experimental approach to better understand solid-state ceramic reactions and design more efficient syntheses.

    • Ariane Vartanian
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Sir John Meurig Thomas, who was one of the leading materials and catalytic scientists of his generation, sadly died in November 2020, aged 87.

    • Richard Catlow
    •  & Graham Hutchings
  • News & Views |

    Linking π-conjugated, electron-deficient ligands into atomically precise large single crystals of conducting 2D metal–organic frameworks can allow the determination of intrinsic electrical conductivity and charge transport mechanism.

    • Renhao Dong
    •  & Xinliang Feng
    Nature Materials 20, 122-123
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Classical experiments from solid-state electrochemistry can be used to determine the charge of ions in solids. This Comment also clarifies how the charge of point defects fits with the standard picture of ionic charge, and highlights differences between these electrochemical experiments and methods that probe electrons directly.

    • Roger A. De Souza
    •  & David N. Mueller
    Nature Materials 20, 443-446
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Water can form a vast number of topological frameworks owing to its hydrogen-bonding ability, with 19 different forms of ice experimentally confirmed at present. Here, the authors comment on open questions and possible future discoveries, covering negative to ultrahigh pressures.

    • Thomas Loerting
    • , Violeta Fuentes-Landete
    •  & Tobias M. Gasser
  • News & Views |

    Spin-1/2 kagome lattice antiferromagnets are geometrically frustrated materials poised to host yet-unobserved behaviours. Now, such a lattice has been prepared that shows no structural distortions and hosts its spin in the dxy orbital of d1 Ti3+ centres, rather than the more-widely investigated d9 Cu2+ ions.

    • Kelsey A. Collins
    •  & Danna E. Freedman
    Nature Chemistry 12, 670-671