Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Buckyballs Polymerized To Form Buckywires
The trick to connecting two buckyballs together is by using a molecule of 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene in between. Repeat the process and you get a line of buckyballs lined up like a strand of pearls called a buckywire.
Buckywires ought to be handy for all kinds of biological, electrical, optical, and magnetic applications. The gist of the paper is that anything that traditional carbon nanotubes can do, buckywires can do better. Or at least more cheaply.
Finally, a use for buckyballs... and it only took 25 years. Real science moves at a snail's pace.