Published January 14, 2022
Chemical and Engineering News reports on the work of Shenqiang Ren, professor of mechanical engineering and a member of RENEW, who creates 3D-printed molecular magnets into complex shapes to protect them from degradation.
“You have to test them in a glove box,” he says. Ren’s team has made lattices, turbine rotors, a stretchable magnet, and more from a vanadium hexacyanochromate–polymer mix. The objects have retained their magnetism after over a year sitting on a shelf, Ren says. The work could open new areas of research and applications for metal-organic materials, magnets, and more.