Nanoropes or nanorods of carbyne, a chain of carbon atoms, would be stronger than graphene or even diamond if they can be manufactured (Image: Vasilii Artyukhov/Rice University)
Rice University researchers say that carbyne, an elusive allotrope of carbon, could be twice as strong as carbon nanotubes and three times stiffer than diamonds (Image: Vasilii Artyukhov/Rice University)
Researchers at Rice University have used a computer simulation to calculate that carbyne, a monodimensional chain of carbon atoms, is twice as strong as carbon nanotubes and three times stiffer than diamond. If their findings are correct and the challenges posed by manufacturing it can be overcome, then carbyne could prove an incredibly useful material for a wide range of applications.
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