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Title: Mechanical properties of nanoporous gold in tension

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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
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Acta Materialia
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Journal Volume: 129; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-02-01 14:41:24; Journal ID: ISSN 1359-6454
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United States

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Badwe, Nilesh, Chen, Xiying, and Sieradzki, Karl. Mechanical properties of nanoporous gold in tension. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2017.02.040.
Badwe, Nilesh, Chen, Xiying, & Sieradzki, Karl. Mechanical properties of nanoporous gold in tension. United States. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2017.02.040.
Badwe, Nilesh, Chen, Xiying, and Sieradzki, Karl. 2017. "Mechanical properties of nanoporous gold in tension". United States. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2017.02.040.
title = {Mechanical properties of nanoporous gold in tension},
author = {Badwe, Nilesh and Chen, Xiying and Sieradzki, Karl},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1016/j.actamat.2017.02.040},
journal = {Acta Materialia},
number = C,
volume = 129,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month = 5

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