Molecule Olympicene in striking image

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Molecule Olympicene in striking image

#1  Postby DougC » May 30, 2012 9:53 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18206015
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Researchers have succeeded in taking a stunning image of a newly synthesised molecule called olympicene.
The molecule - just over a billionth of a metre across - gets its name because its five linked rings resemble the Olympic symbol.
It was first made by collaborators at the University of Warwick in the UK.
They teamed up with IBM researchers, who in 2009 pioneered the technique of single-molecule imaging with its non-contact atomic force microscopy.

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Any bets on it turning out to be a banned substance? :dance:
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Re: Molecule Olympicene in striking image

#2  Postby Calilasseia » May 30, 2012 11:14 pm

Highly unlikely. A polyaromatic hydrocarbon of that sort is more likely to be a carcinogen than a recreational drug. See benzpyrene for an example.
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Re: Molecule Olympicene in striking image

#3  Postby DougC » May 31, 2012 7:28 pm

Calilasseia wrote:Highly unlikely. A polyaromatic hydrocarbon of that sort is more likely to be a carcinogen than a recreational drug. See benzpyrene for an example.

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Re: Molecule Olympicene in striking image

#4  Postby Berthold » Oct 01, 2012 6:34 pm

Just another PAH. :tongue:

With that name, my expectation was for a multi-catenane. 8-)
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