Saturday, September 5, 2009

"one million times smaller than a grain of sand"

Simply amazing. A photograph of a molecule.


The story can be found here

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.

"...the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. "


Otepoti said...

Pure research science sure is fun. I hope we don't all lose sight of that fact in the next few years.


eutychus said...

You sure are right on that one, Otepoti. Science without a political agenda- what a concept!

Glad to hear from you. I was just wondering how you were. Hadn't heard in a while. course, I've not been posting as much either. I'm about to be gone for another 3 weeks with the military. ugh.

Euripides said...

I love this story! What an amazing thing - to image a single molecule! Considering that a photon is too big to image such a small structure (why we cannot see atoms and molecules) this is quite an achievement. And the really cool thing is this actually looks like the drawings of molecules that we've seen.

eutychus said...

Amazing indeed.