Orientationally ordered "thiothreads"

January 10, 2020

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. Unlike nanothreads derived from benzene and pyridine, thiophene-derived nanothreads exhibit anisotropic cross sections and are thus orientationally ordered.
The work is published by Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.