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Single molecule, one million times smaller than a grain of sand, pictured for first t

  1. Aug 31, 2009 #1

    djeitnstine

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    The researchers focused on a single molecule of pentacene, which is commonly used in solar cells. The rectangular-shaped organic molecule is made up of 22 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms.

    In the image above the hexagonal shapes of the five carbon rings are clear and even the positions of the hydrogen atoms around the carbon rings can be seen.

    To give some perspective, the space between the carbon rings is only 0.14 nanometers across, which is roughly one million times smaller than the diameter of a grain of sand.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...n-times-smaller-grain-sand-pictured-time.html
     
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    Wow, this is amazing.
     
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