Mar 7, 2023

Twisting stuff until it breaks — at the molecular level

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Aromatic bonds, particularly strong chemical bonds which form in some ring-shaped molecules, are a crucial building block of the world around us. They appear in everything from proteins to aspirin, and literally millions of natural and synthetic substances in between.

The bonds are very hard to break and to control, and their properties have puzzled chemists for more than a century.

Which is just the motivation chemists needed to break and control them, and now a group of UK researchers has figured out how to twist an aromatic bond until it breaks.

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