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February 25th, 2004

Scientists Model Silicon Nanotubes That Appear to Be Metal

Using one large computer, one borrowed graduate student, one good friend and one piece of advice from dear old Dad, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln chemist and his team came up with an unexpected discovery - at extremes of size, silicon may behave like a metal. Xiao Cheng Zeng and his team used UNL's powerful supercomputer, PrairieFire, to create models of silicon tubes less than 1 nanometer in diameter.


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