Witness wrote: Bruce wrote:
So I'll just say that a cubic buckminsterfullerene is unlikely.
Ha ha! Got you there…
(The synthesis steps are quite fascinating.)
What'd I tell ya.....from the article:
Before this work, researchers believed that cubic carbon-based molecules would be too unstable to exist.
Somebody said it was impossible, then Phillip Eaton and Thomas Cole said fuck nature and it's silly rules, and what did they make?
Having high energy but kinetic stability makes cubane and its derivative compounds useful for controlled energy storage. For example, octanitrocubane and heptanitrocubane have been studied as high-performance explosives.
Ha! The fools at the academy said it couldn't be done, but after years of burning through all our grant money by experimenting with ludicrously dangerous and unstable chemistry, we gave God the finger and created something that shouldn't exist. Behold, we bring you......
Good find, Mr. Witness.
I'm having fun perusing through the aftermath of the discovery of cubane. It made me wonder why cubane isn't as well known as TNT and other explosives. Turns out that making it is dangerous, expensive, and the end product isn't as explosive as originally though because, heh, it's kinetically stable.
So even after the grand reveal of cubane, the scientific community collectively said "meh" and promptly forgot about them. Ouch.
I tried searching on youtube for a video of a cubane explosion, or even an octanitrocubane explosion, but apparently no one has attempted to make the stuff since the invention of Youtube. I did find some fun stuff while looking, like this: