Dr. Brandon J. Burnett’s favorite structure is:

Nd2Fe14B

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Source: iopscience

Why?

The P42/mmm space group contains opposing layers of simple ordered sheets of neodynium, iron, and boron, and chaotic hexagonal iron nets. The contrast between these two layers (simple vs chaotic) makes the crystal structure very beautiful in my eyes. Additionally, it is very fun to find the order within the
chaotic hexagonal iron nets. It takes a while to find all of the order in what. seems like utter randomness.—Dr. Brandon J. Burnett

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