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- n. Any of a group of cyclic hydrocarbons, that are polymers of p-phenylene, that constitute the shortest possible segment of a carbon nanotube
The much-anticipated debut of the compound, called cycloparaphenylene, couldn't be better timed.
The compound, called cycloparaphenylene, could usher in a new era of more efficient carbon nanotube production.
Because of this, cycloparaphenylene molecules could be used as seeds or templates to grow large batches of carbon nanotubes with just the right specifications.
To synthesize the elusive cycloparaphenylene, the team developed a relatively simple, low-temperature way to bend a string of benzene rings - which normally resist bending - into a hoop.