This New Material Is Stronger Than Graphene And Diamond
Aug 16, 2013 19:27
There's something stronger than graphene, and diamond. This new carbon supermaterial is like the adamantium of stuff.
Created by the researchers from Rice University in Houston, they've calculated the properties of a new form of carbon that promises a stronger and stiffer material. It's called Carbyne, and it's a chain of carbon atoms linked by alternate triple and single bonds.
The models predict that Carbyne is a little stronger than both graphene and diamond, and it's twice as stiff as the stiffest known materials.
Astronomers have once thought they detected it in interstellar space a few years ago, in chains up to 44 atoms long. It's been thought of as too reactive to reliably create and study. Of course, up until now.
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