30 Jul '14, 2pm

Carbyne's List of Amazing Properties Grows

Carbyne's List of Amazing Properties Grows

Last year the strongest material in the world was revealed: carbyne . Carbyne is a chain of carbon atoms held together by either double or alternating single and triple atomic bonds. Whereas its carbon cousin graphene is two-dimensional, carbyne is one-dimensional. While this may get some wondering when we can get that material in some of our beloved products that are more fragile than we would like, there’s just one catch, and it’s a big one: it’s nearly impossible to produce carbyne outside of computer models. Carbyne has been encountered in highly compressed graphite and there have been some demonstrations of the material being synthesized at room temperature. However, it’s not clear how it could be produced in bulk. This has not deterred the same Rice University researchers who had earlier determined that carbyne is the world’s strongest material from continuing their ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/materia...

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