September 10, 2014

Buckyballs and Diamondoids Join Forces in Tiny Electronic Gadget

Scientists Craft Two Exotic Forms of Carbon into a Molecule for Steering Electron Flow

Scientists have married two unconventional forms of carbon – one shaped like a soccer ball, the other a tiny diamond – to make a molecule that conducts electricity in only one direction. This tiny electronic component, known as a rectifier, could play a key role in shrinking chip components down to the size of molecules to enable faster, more powerful devices.