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Theoretical tubulanes inspire ultrahard polymers


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A lightweight material full of holes is nearly as hard as diamond. The mere dents left by speeding bullets prove it.

 
Researchers at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering and their colleagues are testing polymers based on tubulanes, theoretical structures of crosslinked carbon nanotubes predicted to have extraordinary strength.

 

https://news.rice.ed...ahard-polymers/

 

Interesting that the lab-made material looks like a Borg Cube. 

 

The significance of this is that it brings us that much closer to being able to make carbon-based materials with extraordinary properties. In this case, extreme hardness. The link between this and my recent thread about graphene should be clear. 

 






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