New NSF-funded Center to Explore Chemistry of “Nanothreads”

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New NSF-funded Center to Explore Chemistry of “Nanothreads”

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.8 million to a team of scientists led by John Badding, professor of chemistry, physics, and materials science and engineering at Penn State, to establish the NSF Center for Nanothread Chemistry(CNC).

The center will bring together a diverse group of chemists to pioneer research on nanothreads, a new form of carbon molecule. First theoretically predicted at Penn State in 2001 and then synthesized there in 2014, the atoms of nanothreads bond together in a cage-like pattern, akin to the thinnest possible threads of diamond. 

There are millions of organic molecules, but few examples of carbon molecules or nanomaterials such as nanotubes or graphene with extended bonding, despite hundreds of theoretical investigations of their beautiful, symmetric structures and superlative and potentially useful properties. The NSF CNC's mission is to define the chemistry to produce a new class of organic molecules that have pervasive covalent bond connectivity in multiple dimensions and explore their properties for scientific and technological application.

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