Japan — It’s probably the smallest spring you’ve ever seen.
Researchers from Kyoto University and Osaka University report for the first time in the Journal of the American Chemical Society the successful synthesis of hexa-peri-hexabenzohelicene, or ‘helical nanographene’.
These graphene constructs previously existed only in theory, so successful synthesis offers promising applications from nanoscale induction coils, to molecular springs for use in nanomechanics.
Graphene — a hexagonal lattice of single layer carbon atoms exhibiting outstanding charge and heat transport properties — has garnered extensive research and development interest.
Helically twisted graphenes have a spiral shape. Successful synthesis of this type of graphene could have major applications, but its model compounds have never been reported. And while past research has gotten close, resulting compounds have never exhibited expected properties.
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