Boron polymers

A 1.5 million Euro (about $1.85m) grant to Holger Braunschweig of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany,, could lead to the development of polymers based on boron rather than carbon. If boron can be made to concatenate, then a whole series of polymers with bizarre properties might be possible. The critical obstacle is to preclude the collapse of putative boron polymer chains to clusters.