The November issue of New Scientist talks about hacking silicon's structure to make it more efficient for use in computer chips and solar panels. The element may have a whole valley named after it, but the atomic structure limits its ability to conduct electricity.
The experimental synthesis of carbon clathrate materials is an, as of yet, unaccomplished experimental feat. Inside the cages of these hypothetical compounds there is precious little room, even for the smallest of atoms.
Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices--carbon is to biology as silicon is to technology.
The Geophysical Laboratory's Saelig Khattar was named a Semifinalist for the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The Siemens Foundation announced the Semifinalists this week on 22 October 2014.
A research team from the Geophysical Laboratory, including Oleksandr Kurakevych, Timothy Strobel, Duck Young Kim and George Cody, has reported the synthesis of an ionic semiconductor, Mg2C, under high-pressure, high-temperature conditions, which is fully recoverable to ambient conditio
Stevce Stefanoski joins the Geophysical Laboratory this week from the University of South Florida as a new postdoctoral associate. Stevce will be working on synthesis and physical characterization of carbon materials.
Silicon is the heart of modern electronics, in both pure element and compound forms. It is also one of the few elements capable of forming chemical analogs of gas hydrates, or clathrates—structures that form cages or networks that trap appropriately sized guest atoms.