‘The Olympic Ring’ in the making

With the Olympic torch delay currently going on, scientists from the University of Warwick, had completed the synthesis of Olympicene, a five-membered ring that resembles the Olympic ring that represent the five continents that are involved in the Olympics.

Professor Sir Graham Richards, former head of department of the chemistry department in the Oxford University, first suggested the idea of creating such a five-membered ring that resembles the Olympic ring.

The team of collaborators had teamed up with IBM researchers who pioneered the technique of single-molecule imaging with its non-contact atomic force microscopy. They took an image of this molecule which is one-billionth of a metre across.

AFM image of Olympicene molecule

Source: BBC News Science and Environment

“Molecules of this nature could conceivably have commercial use, but my own feeling is that above all we want to excite an interest in chemistry provoked by the link with the Olympics,” said Professor Sir Grahams Richards. At least for me, I am going to introduce my students to the amazing journey of olympicene – one great connection between chemistry and the Olympics.

Read more from Olympic rings molecule olympicene in striking image. Be awed by the step by step to the synthesis of olympicene!

There’s always a connection between chemistry and the world – if we look hard enough.

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