Ph-olympicene-A novel strategy for synthesizing Olympicene

  • A team of scientists from Florida State University, US  have unlocked a novel strategy for synthesizing a highly versatile molecule called Olympicene.
  • Olympicene is a compound of carbon and hydrogen atoms named for its Olympic logo shape.
  • An olympicene is a molecule consisting of five rings that resemble the shape of the famous Olympic rings.
  • In the journal Angewandte Chemie, the researchers say that this new process for synthesizing these molecules offers a unique tool for the preparation of structurally precise carbon-rich nanostructures. 
  • Olympicenes are like the decathletes of nanoscale molecules. Their range of potential applications include sophisticated sensors, information and energy storage, solar cells and high-tech LEDs.
  • The first olympicene molecule was unveiled by British chemists in anticipation of the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Until now, synthesizing these unique structures was only possible through an arduous and intensive seven-step process based largely on chemistry dating back to the 1960s.
  • The researcher team’s new technique, an additional hexagonal ring of carbon atoms is fused to the zigzag edge of an existing carbon-rich molecule in two quick steps.
  • In honor of this year’s Winter Olympic Games, the team christened the product of their innovative synthesis strategy ‘Ph-olympicene,’- the “P” reflecting both the phenyl group crucial to the synthesis of the molecule and a subtle nod to the host city PyeongChang. 



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