The McQueen lab publishes in ACS Central Science on temperature dependent structural relaxation of layered kagomé lattices

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The manuscript reports the discovery of spontaneous bidirectional, bilayer twisting of the Co kagomé lattice in MgCo6Ge6 and explores the interlayer bonding interactions to identify the driving force behind this unusual behavior. The results provide insight into the interplay of interlayer chemical bonding and pairwise tilting in layered materials, and how local structural relaxation can affect long-range ordering in kagomé lattices.