Mobius molecules with a twist

Mobius molecules with a twist – Glasgow-based chemists have managed to make a chiral molecule from achiral starting materials by using a simple Mo4O8 unit to introduce a twist to the cluster and turn it into a Möbius strip. The cluster is based on electrocatalytic oxothiomolybdates, so the level of structural control the group has achieved could allow for much greater adjustment of structural and electronic properties. Reference: H Zang et al, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, [cite]10.1021/ja304371j[/cite]

Mobius molecules with a twist – Glasgow-based chemists have managed to make a chiral molecule from achiral starting materials by using a simple Mo4O8 unit to introduce a twist to the cluster and turn it into a Möbius strip. The cluster is based on electrocatalytic oxothiomolybdates, so the level of structural control the group has achieved could allow for much greater adjustment of structural and electronic properties. Reference: H Zang et al, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, (10.1021/ja304371j)

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