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Long-Sought Carbon Structure Joins Graphene, Fullerene Family

The discovery of buckyballs delighted chemists in the 1980s, nanotubes jazzed physicists in the 1990s, and graphene charged up materials scientists in the 2000s, but one nanoscale carbon structure – a negatively curved surface called a schwarzite – has eluded everyone. Until now, thanks to work by the Lab’s Berend Smit. Researchers predict schwarzites will have unique electrical and storage properties for use as battery electrodes and catalysts. More>

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