Cadmium cyanide surprises chemists by shrinking when irradiated with x-rays

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The reason it's a surprise? Most known materials expand upon x-ray irradiation. Yet cadmium cyanide contracts, new research shows. The researchers behind the work say the phenomenon, called negative x-ray expansion, could lead to radiation being used as a design tool for functional inorganic materials. Angus Wilkinson, Professor and Associate Chair for Operations and Undergraduate Programs in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, wasn't part of the research team, but is an expert on negative thermal expansion materials, and his thoughts on this development are included. Wilkinson also has a joint appointment with the School of Materials Science and Engineering. 

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College of Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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College of Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Angus Wilkinson, negative thermal expansion materials, negative x-ray expansion
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  • Created By: Renay San Miguel
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  • Created On: Mar 16, 2021 - 4:18pm
  • Last Updated: Mar 16, 2021 - 4:18pm