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Rice University researchers have determined from first-principle calculations that carbyne would be the strongest material yet discovered. The carbon-atom chains would be difficult to make but would be twice as strong as two-dimensional graphene sheets. Credit: Vasilii Artyukhov/Rice University

Nanoropes or nanorods of carbyne, a chain of carbon atoms, would be stronger than graphene or even diamond if they can be manufactured, according to new calculations by Rice University. Theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson said the material might find uses in electronics and for energy storage. Credit: Vasilii Artyukhov/Rice University

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