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Submission + - Buckyballs Can Form Carbon Jelly, Say Chemists (

KentuckyFC writes: Chemists know that C60, the soccerball form of carbon, forms several different phases of matter. It can be a solid crystal, for example. But it is also known to form into networks of clusters and into a liquid (although whether the liquid is stable, nobody is quite sure). Now computer simulations show that the liquid state can exist at the same time as the clusters, forming carbon jelly. Technically, this creates a substance in which the liquid is bound by the network of clusters forming a jelly-like substance called a gel. The calculations show that carbon jelly should be stable for at least 100 nanoseconds, overturning the long-held belief that gels can only be made from at least two chemical components. All they have to do now is make the stuff
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