The Chempics team saw this group of crystals on the Instagram feed of Durham University PhD student Rob Ives and wanted to know more. The compound is Cucurbituril, and it’s part of Ives’s graduate work on “nonconvalent control of shapeshifting molecules,” he says, adding mysteriously, “that’s all I can really say for now, I’m afraid.” A little digging reveals the satisfyingly symmetrical structure for Cucurbituril shown. Well, Rob, you’ve piqued our curiosity!
Credit: Rob Ives, Durham University (@rob_ives on Instagram)
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