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Good Vibrations: Foundry Researchers Tune the Chemical Bonds of Buckyballs

A collaboration of Rice University and Berkeley Lab researchers at the Molecular Foundry have demonstrated that an applied voltage and electric current can be used to tune the strength of chemical bonds in fullerene or “buckyball” molecules. This demonstration of controllably and reversibly softening bonds between atoms points the way to controlling certain molecular properties to great advantage for applications in energy and catalysis. Jeff Neaton, director of the Foundry, and his grad-student Peter Doak developed a theoretical model to explain these results with computational help from NERSC. More>

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