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Olympicene? What schlock science is this? May 28, 2012

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.
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Some UK chemists, in order to get in one the London Olympics hype, have collaborated with IBM researchers to image a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon with five rings arranged like the Olympics’ symbol. The imaging is similar to the one done of pentacene, so it is not startling. These Brits, however, act as if they have discovered a new molecule. Liars. This is the radical, not-stable PAH benzo[cd]pyrene, first made as the reduction product of the ketone by Eric Clar in the 1950s and 1960s. The bridged hydro-derivative is stable and isolatable. The PAH radical has had it ESR done and is an intermediate in several PAH condensations – it is a phenalene-type PAH. Hype, hype, hype.
 
 

 
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