“Superdiamond” carbon-boron cages can trap and tap into different properties

Washington, DC— A long-sought-after class of “superdiamond” carbon-based materials with tunable mechanical and electronic properties was predicted and synthesized by Carnegie’s Li Zhu and Timothy Strobel.

Orientationally ordered "thiothreads"

When compressed between the tips of diamond anvils, aromatic thiophene molecules react to form one-dimensional sp3-hybridized nanothreads: extended diamondoid structures at the junction between nanotubes and polymers.

A “GPS” to guide the discovery of new materials

Washington, DC— New materials can contribute potential solutions to many societal issues—from increasing access to clean drinking water to improving solar panel efficiency. But figuring out how to synthesize them can be a difficult process of trial and error.

Bhadram Receives Postdoctoral Award

Venkata Srinu Bhadram will receive the ninth Postdoctoral Innovation and Excellence Award (PIE). These awards are made through nominations from the departments and are chosen by the Office of the President.

Diatomic Inmates of a Molecular Prison

A team of scientists including the Geophysical Laboratory’s Tim Strobel and Venkata Bhadram now report unexpected quantum behavior of hydrogen molecules, H2, trapped within tiny cages made of organic molecules, demonstrating that the structure of the cage influences the behavior of the

Predictions of Titanic Nitride Proved Unsinkable

A team of experimental and computational scientists led by the Geophysical Laboratory’s (GL) Tim Strobel and Venkata Bhadram have synthesized a long sought-after form of titanium nitride, Ti3N4, which has promising mechanical and optoelectronic properties.

New form of carbon that's hard as a rock, yet elastic, like rubber

A team including several Geophysical Laboratory scientists has developed a form of ultrastrong, lightweight carbon that is also elastic and electrically conductive.

To e-, or not to e-, the question for exotic Si-III (BC8)

It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of silicon when it comes to computing, solar energy, and other technological applications.

Properties of "exotic" ST12-germanium

Germanium may not be a household name like silicon, its group-mate on the periodic table, but it has great potential for use in next-generation electronics and energy technology.