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Chemistry imitating art: Borromean knot created

  1. Jun 3, 2004 #1

    Monique

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    Published in Science, researchers decribe how they have made a molecule that is made up of three interlocking rings, also known as a Borromean knot. No rings are connected unless a third ring interconnects them.

    They let the structure assemble spontaneously by specially designing the ring pieces made of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen to organize around charged zink ions, after which they confirmed the formed structure made up of 6 zinc ions and 12 quarter ring pieces by analyzing a crystal with X-rays.


     
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  3. Jun 9, 2004 #2

    Gokul43201

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    Neat !

    Though I think the speculation about nano-devices is there, just to be fashionable.
     
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