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Versatile Shape Recoverability of Odd-Numbered Saturated Long-Chain Fatty Acid Crystals

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posted on 18.01.2019, 00:00 by Satoshi Takamizawa, Yuichi Takasaki
Superelasticity, which has been known dominantly in association with a specific kind of alloy called shape-memory alloys, involves a peculiar recoverability after plastic deformation. However, metal superelasticity remains difficult in material applications requiring flexible and biocompatible usage. Herein we revealed the versatile recoverability including elasticity, superelasticity, ferroelasticity, and shape-memory effects of soft fatty acid crystals, which can be regarded as biological metabolites, providing new insights into organic materials for incredible shape recoverability.

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