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Monday, 27 February 2017

Molecular architecture

Since a team under my direction first produced Buckminsterfullerene--a spherical molecule in which sixty atoms of carbon are arranged in a geodesic shape reminiscent of the domes of architect Buckminster Fuller--my crack researchers have discovered other wondrous arrangements of carbon atoms that showcase the endless inventiveness of mother nature.

Sirnormanfosterene is a gherkin-shaped arrangement of 928 carbon atoms found naturally in soot.

Renzopianoene is a tall molecule with a tapering square cross-section containing 2048 atoms of carbon. It does not occur naturally on Earth, as far as we know, and was created in my laboratories using laser deposition interferometry techniques.

However, the most remarkable carbon molecule we have encountered is bovishomesene,  a collection of fourteen atoms forming a cube surmounted by a triangular prism. Particularly strong co-valent bonds between p-shell electrons in the atoms at the 'gable' of the prism creates a stunning mock-Tudor effect. When Bovishomesene  molecules are amassed in significant quantities they assume a pseudo-crystalline formation known as an 'e-state', which mimics the principles of Penrose tiling with an extremely high packing density. Sadly, Bovishomesene molecules- or 'bovvy boxes' as they are known in my labs- are of little practical use, as they decay naturally over a period of ten to twenty years.

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