|1 Dimensional Boron chain. Credit: Rice University|
“Our work on carbyne and with planar boron got us thinking that a 1D chain of boron atoms is also a possible and intriguing structure,” said lead researcher Boris Yakobson.
“We wanted to know if it is stable and what the properties would be. That’s where modern theoretical-computational methods are impressive, because one can do pretty realistic assessments of non-existing structures.”