Chemically synthesizing a ballet dancer!

No no, it is not about how to become a ballet dancer. If you have the right chemicals and correctly follow the steps, you can have a ballet dancer for yourself. You read it right “chemicals”. Although this ballet dancer would be nano in size. 2 nanometers to be precise 😉

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Do you think the one on the right is a male ballet dancer? 🙂

Ten years ago, organic chemists in US published a method to create a plethora of nano molecules that resemble humans, in other words anthropomorphic molecules aptly called NanoPutians!

a series of monomeric, dimeric, and polymeric anthropomorphic molecules have been synthesized. These anthropomorphic entities are dubbed NanoPutians, as a class. Furthermore, they are assigned common names based on their individual anthropomorphic designs. These represent the ultimate in anthropomorphic design miniaturization.

the anthropomorphic molecules here are dubbed, as a class, NanoPutians, following the lead of the Lilliputians in Jonathan Swift’s classic, Gulliver’s Travels.

Click here to read the full article in The Journal of Organic Chemistry (behind paywall) to see other anthropomorphic molecules.

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