Issue Date: March 20, 2018 | Web Date: March 21, 2018

Chemistry in Pictures: Cracked fractal

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Credit: Lynn Stevens
The side view of the bottom of a beaker showing silver-gray crystals that coat the bottom in a series of circular structures.
 
Credit: Lynn Stevens
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Credit: Lynn Stevens
The top view of the bottom of a beaker showing silver-gray crystals that coat the bottom in a series of circular structures.
 
Credit: Lynn Stevens

Not all crystals come out looking like diamonds or cubes. Some, like this crystal, resemble fractals. Lindsey Power, an undergraduate at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, found this fractal pattern, reminiscent of an Apollonian gasket, left behind in a beaker after crystallizing a compound she’d synthesized (4-nitro-1,3-diphenyl-1-butanone, structure shown). Power works in the lab of Daniel Chase and makes new fluorescent dyes using molecules like these.

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