Shape-changing molecule discovery opens potential new era
Scientists have found a new way of joining groups of atoms together into shape-changing molecules. The discovery opens up the possibility of a new area of chemistry and the development of countless new drugs, microelectronics and materials with novel characteristics.
- The different ways atoms join together, to form molecules, structures the world we live in
- The discovery of a new way to join molecules together has the potential for the development of a new range of materials, drugs and electronics
Discoveries of new ways to make isomers – molecules made of the same atoms connected together differently – were last reported in 1961 and before then in 1914.
The discovery of another form of isomerism means a whole new range of materials could be prepared, either with the same functions as existing one, or with properties currently out of reach.
As well as new types of drugs, other potential real-world applications include new materials that can be manipulated to be “switched on or off”, polymers with special performance characteristics and possibly new molecular information storage devices.
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