Solid material acting as liquid

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    Two scientists at the University of Central Florida have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid, potentially opening a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries.
    When chemistry graduate student Demetrius A. Vazquez-Molina took COF-5, a nano sponge-like, non-flammable manmade material and pressed it into pellets the size of a pinkie nail, he noticed something odd when he looked at its X-ray diffraction pattern. The material's internal crystal structure arranged in a strange pattern. He took the lab results to his chemistry professor Fernando Uribe-Romo, who suggested he turn the pellets on their side and run the X-ray analysis again.
    The result: The crystal structures within the material fell into precise patterns that allow for lithium ions to flow easily - like in a liquid.
    The findings are significant because a liquid is necessary for some electronics and other energy uses. But using current liquid materials sometimes is problematic.

    http://phys.org/news/2016-09-team-solid-liquid.html
     
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