Covalent bonds made visible!

“The chemical rearrangement of oligo-(phenylene-1,2-ethynylenes) as seen in the microscope image (top) and the stick diagram of the molecular structure. Photo: de Oteyza et al.”

Summary: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/05/for-the-first-time-see-what-the-most-basic-chemistry-actually-looks-like/

Original article:
de Oteyza et al. 2013. “Direct Imaging of Covalent Bond Structure in Single-Molecule Chemical Reactions.” Science. Vol. 340 no. 6139 pp. 1434-1437 DOI: 10.1126/science.1238187

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6139/1434.full

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