Borophene and borospherene
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:58 pm
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-graphene-l ... tml#inlRlv
http://phys.org/news/2014-07-boron-buck ... tml#ajTabsThe boron-boron bond is very strong, nearly as strong as the carbon-carbon bond. So borophene should be very strong. Its electrical properties may be even more interesting. Borophene is predicted to be fully metallic, whereas graphene is a semi-metal. That means borophene might end up being a better conductor than graphene.
As for possible uses for borospherene, it's a little too early to tell, Wang says. One possibility, he points out, could be hydrogen storage. Because of the electron deficiency of boron, borospherene would likely bond well with hydrogen. So tiny boron cages could serve as safe houses for hydrogen molecules.