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Single molecule's stunning image

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OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 28-Aug-09 08:05:10

This is very cool
image of a carbon nanotube

Isn't it beautiful I'm astonished that you can see the chemical bonds.

Tis my new desk top background!

shazbean Fri 28-Aug-09 08:18:01

OMG amazing!

PolarBear74 Fri 28-Aug-09 08:18:39

I know its amazing to think they can see something that small. Stunning!

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 28-Aug-09 08:24:27

Isn't it weird though, to see something imaged that you learn about in school and have a theoretical picture in your head of what it might look like and there it is - imaged.
Would love to see more!

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 28-Aug-09 08:27:03

(not that I had heard of carbon nanotubes in school. I thought benzene was pretty cool then grin )

Hollyoaks Fri 28-Aug-09 08:32:07

Wow, thats amazing! Who thinks up these things, it just baffles me.

franklymydear Fri 28-Aug-09 08:35:10

RIght I need education

an atom is made up of molecules?

what's a carbon nanotube plese

Hollyoaks Fri 28-Aug-09 08:41:30

Frankly not an expert at all but from what I can decipher on google and make out from the image a carbon nanotube seems to be a cylindrical tube made up of lots of 6 carbon rings.

Maybe someone else can shed more light on it.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 28-Aug-09 08:44:03

Molecules are made up of atoms joined together with chemical bonds.

A carbon nanotube is really cool. They've been discovered relatively recently. If I remember correctly they are tubes of carbon with hydrogen atoms stuck on the sides.

They have the potential to be very useful in nano technology (science working at the molecular level) Nanotechnology can be a bit controversial but potential benefits are in computers and engineering and medicine.

hth

Altthough the article mentions carbon nanotubes, the image is not a nanotube. It's a pentacene molecule.

No, I've never heard of pentacene either.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 28-Aug-09 09:29:16

aha! Shows how much I know grin I guess pentacene cos you can see 5 rings in the image? <guesses>

EccentricaGallumbits Fri 28-Aug-09 09:30:32

Very beautiful but the words made absolutely no sense to me at all blush

I'm very shallow and thick.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 28-Aug-09 09:32:10

(had just assumed a penatcene was a little short nanotube blush )

Hollyoaks Fri 28-Aug-09 09:33:29

A pentacene is made of 5 carbon rings in a line. Basically what you can see on the image.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 28-Aug-09 09:35:44

(and that means I think that nanotubes don't have hydrogen atoms in them. oh silly me.)

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 28-Aug-09 09:37:10

Who'd have thought, a chance to learn some chemistry at this time of the day in the school holidays grin

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