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Facile synthesis of poly(hydridocarbyne): A precursor to diamond and diamond-like ceramics

Nur, Yusuf
Pitcher, Michael W.
Seyyidoglu, Semih
Toppare, Levent Kamil
Polycarbynes have previously been shown to be polymeric precursors to diamond and diamond-like carbon. Here, we report an incredibly simple method for producing one of these polymers, poly(hydridocarbyne). The method simply requires chloroform, electricity, a solvent and an electrolyte. Since the polymer is soluble, the production of diamond objects of any shape is feasible. It is hoped that the ease of the synthesis will make these types of polymers accessible to scientists from all disciplines and that the potential applications for this material, which range from electrical to biomedical, are finally realized.