Volume 90 Issue 46 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: November 12, 2012

Molecular Building Blocks Self-Assemble Into Trefoil Knot

Organic Chemistry: Hydrophobic effect drives spontaneous formation of three-loop knot
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: molecular knots, self-assembly

Serendipity, along with the hydrophobic effect and a relatively simple chemical building block, has led to the creation of the world’s first molecular knot that forms in water with stereochemical purity.

A team of U.K.-based researchers led by Jeremy Sanders of the University of Cambridge and G. Dan Pantoş of the University of Bath reports the new trefoil knot—the simplest of all knots, with three topological crossings (Science, DOI: . . .

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