From a Dense Structure to Open Frameworks: The Structural Plethora of Alkali Metal Iron Fluorophosphates

In the latest article from the Mudring group, they demonstrate that using ionic liquids as the reaction medium, structure templates, and mineralizer, all-in-one, allows for the design of transition metal fluorophosphate of varied dimensionality. Aside from engineering of magnetic exchange interaction, which is extremely exciting particularly from a fundamental viewpoint, their synthetic approach might lead to new battery cathode materials!

You can read the full article here.

Magnetic phase diagram revealed using neutron diffraction

In a collaboration with colleagues from 5 countries, Siebeneichler et al. combined X-ray diffraction, magnetization and neutron diffraction to establish a universal phase diagram for ThCr2Si2-type solid solutions of REMn2X2. They were able to relate the emergence of magnetic incommensurability to structural features.

You can read the full paper here.

New postdoc position

Professor Mudring is hiring a new postdoc in Ionic Liquids – Synthesis of Organic, Organometallic and Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials. The application deadline is 8th May. You can apply here.

Cover material!

The latest article from the Mudring group has been featured as the cover of Chemical Communications’ Vol 54 (28) issue! Congratulations to the authors and the talented artist Inna Bigun!

HOT new article!

AVM and Dr. Oli Hammond have just published a new paper on Ionic liquids and deep eutectics as a transformative platform for the synthesis of nanomaterials in Chemical Communications. Their paper is part of the ongoing web-collection featuring the latest articles published in ChemComm that have been marked as HOT by our Editors and trusted Reviewers.

Their review demonstrates that these ionic liquids (ILs) and deep eutectic solvents (DES) are great green alternatives for producing nanomaterials, as well as functioning as powerful green synthesis tools when combined with unconventional synthesis techniques such as microwave, ultrasound and sputtering. Most importantly, they promote that when ILs and DES are approached holistically, new universal manufacturing techniques that provide solutions to the existing problems of nanomanufacturing are enabled. Furthermore, that will open new possibilities for controlling the growth and assembly of nanostructures. The review of examples in the article illustrates this power of ILs and DES in the improved manufacturing of nanomaterials.

In short, ILs and DES look to be some of the future’s green and efficient problem-solvers within nanotechnology.