"Diamondoids that contain the same number of cages can differ radically in overall shape but rather subtly in the energy it takes to make them," explained organic chemist Alan Marchand of the University of North Texas in Denton.
"This makes it problematic to prepare a specific target diamondoid molecule."
said the diamondoids were created at enormous pressures "in millions and billions of years.They were on the way of becoming diamonds (although) they don't look like little diamonds, and they don't act like little diamonds, but they were going to get there someday -- someday being eons," he
Carlson said the molecules could serve as building blocks for devices and drugs, while Marchand
said their superior heat absorption ability could be used to make better heat-resistant plastics, help cool down microchips or produce safer aviation fuels.
said."One man's fuel is another man's antibiotic."
Natural diamondoids, like their bigger and more common cousins, are not abundant.
"If they know what they're looking for -- and they do now thanks to this group -- they'll be able to spot them," Marchand
"People can now isolate and identify materials that otherwise remained a deep mystery."