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1. (WO2018101905) COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR MAKING PICOCRYSTALLINE ARTIFICIAL BORANE ATOMS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/101905    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/063933
Publication Date: Fri Jun 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Nov 30 00:59:59 CET 2016
IPC: C01B 35/00
C01B 35/10
Applicants: SEMINUCLEAR, INC.
Inventors: CURRAN, Pat
Title: COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR MAKING PICOCRYSTALLINE ARTIFICIAL BORANE ATOMS
Abstract:
Materials containing picocrystalline quantum dots that form artificial atoms are disclosed. The picocrystalline quantum dots (in the form of boron icosahedra with a nearly- symmetrical nuclear configuration) can replace corner silicon atoms in a structure that demonstrates both short range and long-range order as determined by x-ray diffraction of actual samples. A novel class of boron-rich compositions that self-assemble from boron, silicon, hydrogen and, optionally, oxygen is also disclosed. The preferred stoichiometric range for the compositions is (B12Hw)x Siy Oz with 3 ≤ w ≤ 5, 2 ≤ x ≤ 4, 2 ≤ y ≤ 5 and 0 ≤ z ≤ 3. By varying oxygen content and the presence or absence of a significant impurity such as gold, unique electrical devices can be constructed that improve upon and are compatible with current semiconductor technology.