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Researchers discover boron 'buckyball'
July 9, 2014
The discovery of buckyballs--soccer ball-shaped molecules of carbon--helped usher in the nanotechnology era. Now, researchers at Brown University and universities in China have shown that boron, carbon's neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Until now, such a boron structure had only been a theoretical speculation. The researchers dubbed their new-found nanostructure "borospherene."
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