PerspectiveChemistry

Dangerously Seeking Linear Carbon

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Science  19 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5776, pp. 1009-1110
DOI: 10.1126/science.1125999

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Summary

It has been problematic to produce linear carbon molecules because key reactants are highly unstable and can explode. A solid state polymerization reaction avoids this problem and allows synthesis of these elusive products.