Volume 92 Issue 29 | p. 4 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 21, 2014

Boron Bonds Into Fullerene-Like Cage Structure

First observed all-boron fullerene displays unusual bonding, structure
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: boron, fullerene, buckyball, B40, borospherene

The discovery of soccer-ball-shaped buckminsterfullerene in 1985 inspired researchers to lock atoms of a single element together into novel shapes, such as nanotubes, for applications in drug delivery and electronics. But the search for one alluring nanostructure has vexed researchers for decades. A team is now reporting the first molecular cage made entirely of boron (Nat. Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1999).

Unlike a C60 buckyball’s regular patchwork of . . .

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