"The compound is related to single-layer graphite, also known as graphene, and is one of a number of related compounds which potentially have interesting electronic and optical properties. "For example these types of molecules may offer great potential for the next generation of solar cells and high-tech lighting sources such as LEDs."
Move over Plasticine, make way for “Olympicene,” the “smallest possible five-ringed structure.” Scientists at the Royal Society of Chemistry England, the University of Warwick England, and IBM Research in Zurich Switzerland collaborated in the project, which has big potential in the solar power sector, to make solar power the first choice green power solution early in the next decade. In fact, graphene and nano-carbon technology advances are now happening so fast and frequently, that electricity from the solar sector might just become the biggest single advance of this decade. I doubt that IBM will be slow to develop its potential.
Smallest Possible Five-Ringed Structure Made: 'Olympicene' Molecule Built Using Clever Synthetic Organic Chemistry
ScienceDaily (May 28, 2012) — Scientists have created and imaged the smallest possible five-ringed structure — about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair — and you'll probably recognize its shape.
A collaboration between the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the University of Warwick and IBM Research — Zurich has allowed the scientists to bring a single molecule to life in a picture, using a combination of clever synthetic chemistry and state-of-the-art imaging techniques.
The scientists decided to make and visualize olympicene whose five-ringed structure was entered on ChemSpider, the RSC's free online chemical database of over 26 million records two years ago.
—-Chemists at the University of Warwick, Dr David Fox and Anish Mistry, used some clever synthetic organic chemistry — the modern molecule designer's toolbox — to build olympicene.
"Alongside the scientific challenge involved in creating olympicene in a laboratory, there's some serious practical reasons for working with molecules like this," said Dr Fox.
—-The chemical recipes for making olympicene, along with a whole range of other molecules, are posted on the ChemSpider Synthetic Pages (CSSP), where scientists can record and share the best ways to do specific reactions.
Of course it’s far too early to try to predict what this will mean to overall future graphite demand, except to state the obvious, that our new carbon based green(er) electricity society, is coming to fruition by leaps and bounds, and graphite demand is likely to follow the previous explosive growth patterns of coal, copper, iron and steel earlier in the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Royal Society of Chemistry
Olympicene – the world's smallest five-ringed symbol
28 May 2012
Scientists have created and imaged the smallest possible five-ringed structure – about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair – and you'll probably recognise its shape.
University of Warwick
IBM Research – Zurich