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27-12-2016, 09:26 AM
Researchers use world's smallest diamonds to make wires three atoms wide
Quote: Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids - the smallest possible bits of diamond - to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.

By grabbing various types of atoms and putting them together LEGO-style, the new technique could potentially be used to build tiny wires for a wide range of applications, including fabrics that generate electricity, optoelectronic devices that employ both electricity and light, and superconducting materials that conduct electricity without any loss. The scientists reported their results today in Nature Materials.

"What we have shown here is that we can make tiny, conductive wires of the smallest possible size that essentially assemble themselves," said Hao Yan, a Stanford postdoctoral researcher and lead author of the paper. "The process is a simple, one-pot synthesis. You dump the ingredients together and you can get results in half an hour. It's almost as if thediamondoids know where they want to go."

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-world-small...atoms.html

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27-12-2016, 10:05 AM
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(27-12-2016 09:26 AM)GenesisNemesis Wrote:  
Quote: Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids - the smallest possible bits of diamond - to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.

By grabbing various types of atoms and putting them together LEGO-style, the new technique could potentially be used to build tiny wires for a wide range of applications, including fabrics that generate electricity, optoelectronic devices that employ both electricity and light, and superconducting materials that conduct electricity without any loss. The scientists reported their results today in Nature Materials.

"What we have shown here is that we can make tiny, conductive wires of the smallest possible size that essentially assemble themselves," said Hao Yan, a Stanford postdoctoral researcher and lead author of the paper. "The process is a simple, one-pot synthesis. You dump the ingredients together and you can get results in half an hour. It's almost as if thediamondoids know where they want to go."

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-world-small...atoms.html

Wow. If they're stable, there could be all sorts of medical applications ... seizures, cardiac conduction disorders, pain suppression ... ? Thumbsup

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27-12-2016, 10:13 AM
RE: Researchers use world's smallest diamonds to make wires three atoms wide
Very cool!
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27-12-2016, 10:24 AM
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(27-12-2016 10:05 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  Wow. If they're stable, there could be all sorts of medical applications ... seizures, cardiac conduction disorders, pain suppression ... ? Thumbsup

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27-12-2016, 10:29 AM
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(27-12-2016 10:05 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(27-12-2016 09:26 AM)GenesisNemesis Wrote:  http://phys.org/news/2016-12-world-small...atoms.html

Wow. If they're stable, there could be all sorts of medical applications ... seizures, cardiac conduction disorders, pain suppression ... ? Thumbsup

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27-12-2016, 10:59 AM (This post was last modified: 27-12-2016 11:04 AM by The Organic Chemist.)
RE: Researchers use world's smallest diamonds to make wires three atoms wide
What they call diamondoid, I call adamantane.

Cool stuff though. I am a bit surprised they didn't mention what the current load could be. I imagine in the uA or nA range. For any practical application, they would need to determine that.

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27-12-2016, 01:39 PM
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(27-12-2016 10:24 AM)Fatbaldhobbit Wrote:  
(27-12-2016 10:05 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  Wow. If they're stable, there could be all sorts of medical applications ... seizures, cardiac conduction disorders, pain suppression ... ? Thumbsup

Monofilament booby traps? Evil_monster

Holy shit did I laugh at this... because the same thought occurred to me.

You can tell which of us on here grew up reading tooooo many sci-fi books! Laugh out load

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27-12-2016, 01:55 PM
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(27-12-2016 01:39 PM)RocketSurgeon76 Wrote:  
(27-12-2016 10:24 AM)Fatbaldhobbit Wrote:  Monofilament booby traps? Evil_monster

Holy shit did I laugh at this... because the same thought occurred to me.

You can tell which of us on here grew up reading tooooo many sci-fi books! Laugh out load

I had the same thought. You could clothesline someone through the neck and there would hardly be a parting line. Freaky.
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27-12-2016, 02:28 PM
RE: Researchers use world's smallest diamonds to make wires three atoms wide
Now, add Bristol U's "atomic" diamond batteries into the mix, with a few carbon nano tubes and buckyballs maybe, and we may be getting up there with sci-fi!

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27-12-2016, 02:31 PM
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(27-12-2016 01:55 PM)Fireball Wrote:  
(27-12-2016 01:39 PM)RocketSurgeon76 Wrote:  Holy shit did I laugh at this... because the same thought occurred to me.

You can tell which of us on here grew up reading tooooo many sci-fi books! Laugh out load

I had the same thought. You could clothesline someone through the neck and there would hardly be a parting line. Freaky.

That's a scene from one of the famous cyberpunk novel/stories. Can't remember which one though.

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