Carbon pods are more than a pack of peas

By Jessica Gorman, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

In a step toward a postsilicon age of microelectronics, researchers have found that they can manipulate the electronic character of nanoscopic carbon structures.

The researchers worked with hollow, 1-nanometer-wide carbon nanotubes, which they stuffed pea pod style with buckyballs–soccer ball-shape molecules of 60 carbon atoms.

The buckyball-filled nanotubes were first created in 1998 by David E. Luzzi of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and his colleagues. In the Feb. 1 Science,...

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