Washington, D.C., 16 August 2012 — Carnegie’s Lin Wang lead a team of scientists in experiments with "buckeyball" C60 fullerene and xylene as solvent. Structurally unique amorphous material made up of clusters of ordered amorphous carbon (OACC), with long-range periodicity but locally disordered, was formed. This is the first hybridized carbon structure ever seen that is part amorphous and part crystalline.
A remotely controlled gas loading system has been built and tested at the HPSynC sample preparation lab. It is available for loading hydrogen, helium or neon (other gases are possible by special arrangement). The gear boxes are made for symmetrical and panoramic cells.
Most ammonia is used for fertilizers, but it has also been proposed as a potential carbon-free fuel source. Characterizing structure, in particular in the liquid state, reveals the role of intermolecular bonds in dictating macroscopic properties.