(University of California – Santa Barbara) Fifty years ago, scientists hit upon what they thought could be the next rocket fuel. Carboranes — molecules composed of boron, carbon and hydrogen atoms clustered together in three-dimensional shapes — were seen as the possible basis for next-generation propellants due to their ability to release massive amounts of energy when burned.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoc–omn012220.php