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How to form the world’s smallest self-assembling nanowires — just 3 atoms wide | KurzweilAI

How to form the world’s smallest self-assembling nanowires — just 3 atoms wide | KurzweilAI

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 self-assemble atoms, LEGO-style, into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.

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 last week in Nature Materials.

Source: How to form the world’s smallest self-assembling nanowires — just 3 atoms wide | KurzweilAI