Molecular ‘Möbius strip’ gives carbon a twist

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An iconic rotated structure is created from hexagons of carbon atoms.

The ‘twist’ in a Möbius strip that is composed of atoms of carbon and hydrogen moves halfway around the strip in 100 picoseconds, or one-trillionth of a second. Credit: Kenichiro Itami, Nagoya University

Chemists have created the first carbon molecule that twists to form a ‘Möbius strip’ — a belt-shaped structure that attaches to itself in such a way that if a tiny creature could walk along the surface, it would end up on the opposite face

 

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