Two New Games for Carbon: A Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann at 5:00 PM on August 9th

August 9, 2018

Public Lecture Announcement!

Presentation | Thursday, August 9 | 5:00-6:30 p.m. |105 Stanley Hall

Location: University of California, Berkeley

Speaker: Roald Hoffmann

Sponsor: Berkeley Global Science Institute, College of Chemistry


Clathrate structures, large polyhedral networks, can be built from any node that favors tetrahedral four-coordination – be it water, SiO2 or group 14 elements. Those constructed of C alone have never been made, even as they are pretty close to diamond in stability. Tao Zeng’s work suggests a strategy for making these, incorporating lithiums into the cavities, and substituting B in the carbon cages around. Recently CH nanothreads, one-dimensional, probably disordered, completely saturated polymers of benzene have been made and visualized in the slow decompression of benzene at 20 GPa by John Badding’s group at Penn State. Bo Chen in our group has explored the building up of these, through stepwise polymerization of benzene into one-dimensional chains with varying degrees of unsaturation. And benzene is not the global energy minimum for composition CH. Graphanes, not one, but several, are. And they are still waiting to be made. …

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