New record for longest linear carbon chain | April 11, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 15 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 15 | p. 4 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 11, 2016

New record for longest linear carbon chain

Researchers say it’s the closest approximation yet achieved of carbyne, an elusive and controversial material
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: nanomaterials, carbyne, carbon, chain, nanotube

An international research team has created the longest linear carbon chain to date by linking more than 6,000 carbon atoms into a single-file strand that stretches for nearly a micrometer (Nat. Mater. 2016, DOI: 10.1038/nmat4617).

The previous record stood at around 100 carbon atoms, making the new result the closest approximation scientists have to carbyne, one . . .

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