Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Oxford in the U.K. have developed a highly magnetic material that could provide fundamental improvements to the performance of conventional computer technologies.
The researchers developed a polymer in which nickel is built into the structure, creating a bright green, highly magnetic material. In addition, the researchers found they can create and destroy this dynamic magnetic polymer using only changes in temperature through a process called depolymerization.
"Most materials with cooperative magnetic properties are insoluble or difficult to process, and this nickel-based polymer is a rare example of a readily accessible, easily handled, soluble magnetic polymer," says University of Bristol researcher Rebecca Musgrave.
She says the overall goal is to make highly magnetic materials for use in data storage applications, which are important to improving the performance of conventional computer technologies.
From University of Bristol News
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