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Bristol chemists publish in Nature Communications

2 November 2016

Well done to Dr Paddy Royall and Dr Jade Taffs for their paper in Nature Communications entitled ‘The Role of Fivefold Symmetry in Suppressing Crystallization’

The paper describes how they have uncovered the mechanism of Sir Charles Frank’s 1952 postulate that fivefold symmetry in liquids suppresses crystallisation. This study is is expected to help the development of metallic glasses which are increasingly important materials which are often tougher and harder than more conventional crystalline materials. More details here.

Further information

‘The role of fivefold symmetry in suppressing crystallisation’ by P. Royall and J. Taffs in Nature Communications

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