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A New Family of Molecules for Self-assembly: The Carboranes

March 24, 2009

carboranethiol isomers, M1 and M9 Researchers have found a way to control the geometry and stability of a new family of self-assembled monolayer materials, the carboranes. The resulting exceptionally high quality and simplicity of the improved carboranes opens up new capabilities in selective patterning and control, and new possibilities for applications. A tailored carborane film just one or two nanometers in height completely changes the chemical, physical and biological properties of the surface on which it is applied. Full Story

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