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<p>Inorganic nanomaterials are often depicted as rigid structures whose shape is permanent. However, forces that are ordinarily considered weak can exert sufficient stress at the nanoscale to drive mechanical deformation. Here, we leverage van der Waals (VdW) interactions to mechanically reshape inorganic nanostructures from planar to curvilinear. Modified plate deformation theory shows that high aspect ratio 2D particles can be plastically deformed via VdW forces. Informed by this finding,doi:10.26434/chemrxiv.12780734.v2 fatcat:spsuxk4hbzggll2hc4je2hfyum