Andrea Alsobrook Bridges’s favorite structure is:




Dr. Thomas Albrecht Schmitt's NDTB-1 (Notre Thorium Borate-1) is one of my favorite crystal structures because it demonstrates a color change occurring between the single crystals. As the anions were exchanged, the colors of the transition metals appeared. These colored crystals remind me of my graduate work performed in his research group. I incorporated first-row transition metals into uranium phosphonate systems.  This resulted in colored crystals that were due to electronic coupling from the 5f-3d electrons.—Andrea Alsobrook Bridges

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