Metal-Organic Frameworks Capable of Healing at Low Temperatures.

Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)

PubMedID: 23913851

Chen Z, Wang G, Xu Z, Li H, Dhôtel A, Zeng XC, Chen B, Saiter JM, Tan L. Metal-Organic Frameworks Capable of Healing at Low Temperatures. Adv Mater Weinheim. 2013;.
Filling crystalline gaps with small molecules can drive interfacial healing between anisotropic solids. Sufficient mobility from these fillers allows the process to happen at a low temperature of -56 °C. Mended bulk crystals show modulus leap from 4 to 12 GPa and hardness from 400 to 1000 MPa.