- Cubane Molecule Synonyms:
cubane, cubane compounds, cubane particles, cubane-based drugs, octanitrocubane, tetranitrocubane, platonic carbon molecules, cubane-based molecules, cubylacetlyenes,
Chemical Formula: C8H8
1) A molecule consisting of 8 carbon atoms arranged at the corners of a cube plus single hydrogen atoms sprouting symmetrically from each carbon. The C-C-C bond angle is therefore 90 degrees rather than the 109.5 degrees customary in other hydrocarbon molecules. Solid cubane forms molecular crystals.
2) Cubane (C8H8) is a synthetic hydrocarbon molecule that consists of eight carbon atoms arranged at the corners of a cube, with one hydrogen atom attached to each carbon molecule. Cubane is a solid crystalline substance.
3) The cubane molecule was first synthesized in 1964 by Dr. Philip Eaton, a professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago. Before its synthesis, researchers believed that cubic carbon-based molecules could only exist in theory. It was believed that cubane would be impossible to synthesize because the unusually sharp 90-degree bonding angle of the carbon atoms would be too highly strained and hence unstable. Surprisingly, once formed, cubane is actually quite kinetically stable due to a lack of readily available decomposition paths.
4) Cubane and its derivative compounds have many important properties. The 90-degree bonding angle of the carbon atoms in cubane means that the bonds are highly strained. Therefore, cubane compounds store a great deal of energy in these bonds, which in principle may make them useful as high-density, high-energy fuels and explosives.
5) Cubane also has the highest density of any hydrocarbon, further contributing to its ability to store large amounts of energy. In fact, a cubane-derived explosive may someday surpass octogen as the most powerful standard grade military explosive. Researchers are looking into using cubane and similarly synthesized cubic molecules in medicine and nanotechnology.
Purities available are in the R&D laboratory environment at this time.
- Cubane Molecule Physical Properties Available:
Particle size options are in the R&D laboratory environment.
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1) National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington, DC
2) Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC
3) U.S. Army- Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey USA
4) University of Rochester in New York USA
5) University of Maryland USA
6) Dr. P. Eaton & Thomas Cole, Jr. at The University of Chicago USA
7) Wikipedia English Version