Volume 92 Issue 39 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 29, 2014 | Web Date: September 26, 2014

Diamond-like Nanothreads Form Under Extreme Pressure

Molecular Discovery: Slow compression and decompression of benzene yields new class of crystalline nanomaterial
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: diamond nanothreads, benzene, high-pressure experiments, nanomaterials, materials science

Using a high-pressure device at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, graduate student Thomas C. Fitzgibbons recently transformed a few cubic millimeters of liquid benzene into a white, crystalline powder. The solid was made of a substance never before observed: ultrathin threads of carbon atoms bound to one another in a pattern resembling diamond (Nat. Mater. 2014, DOI: 10.1038/nmat4088).

The threads, Fitzgibbons and colleagues hope, might one day be used to make strong, . . .

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