Studies towards the synthesis of nano-diamondoid hydrocarbon cyclohexamantane

Tao Qu
Adamantane (C10H16) is the smallest unit cage structure of the diamond crystal lattice. Other diamondoid hydrocarbons are also known, such as diamantane and triamantane. In 2003, the isolation and structural elucidation of a highly symmetrical and remarkably stable “natural product” cyclohexamantane (C26H30) was reported.1 The structure of the nanometer-sized hydrocarbon cyclohexamantane was shown by X-ray crystallography to be the largest fully characterized fragment of the diamond lattice. Higher order diamondoid hydrocarbons may have great potential...
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