The previous record for the most boron atoms in a single molecular species was a heptanuclear silver aggregate reported by Lars Wesemann in 2010, but this species only contained 88 boron atoms.
Boron-rich nanostructures form the basis of high-energy materials, nanoelectronic materials and boron neutron capture therapy agents. It is therefore surprising that, in comparison to the myriad of methods for making carbon-rich nanostrucutres, there are relatively few strategies for making boron-rich ones. Mirkin’s team are now pursuing the synthesis of other boron-rich supramolecular assemblies.
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