Heat-conducting crystals could help computer chips keep their cool

As consumers demand smaller, faster and more powerful electronic devices that draw more current and generate more heat, the issue of heat management is reaching a bottleneck. Researchers have created a potential solution — boron arsenide crystals with high thermal conductivity, which might be used in future electronics to help keep devices from overheating.
Source: Science Daily

Organic crystals twist, bend, and heal

Crystals are brittle and inelastic? A novel class of smart, bendable crystalline organic materials has challenged this view. Now, scientists have engineered a molecular soft cocrystalline structure that bends and twists reversibly and without disintegration when stimulated by high temperature, mechanical force, or under UV light. This multifunctional quality makes it a robust candidate for advanced molecular electronics and other new materials.
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Hyperexpandable, self-healing macromolecular crystals with integrated polymer networks

Hyperexpandable, self-healing macromolecular crystals with integrated polymer networks

Hyperexpandable, self-healing macromolecular crystals with integrated polymer networks, Published online: 02 May 2018; doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0057-7

The integration of macromolecular ferritin protein crystals with hydrogel polymers gives a composite material that expands isotropically and reversibly to twice its size while maintaining periodicity, resists fragmentation and self-heals efficiently.
Source: Nature