X marks the spot for miraculous microscopy

  • X marks the spot for miraculous microscopy – Researchers from IBM have succeeded in ‘seeing’ the distribution of charge within a single X-shaped molecule. Taking advantage of the workings of atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fabian Mohn and his colleagues from IBM Research Zurich managed to map the distribution of charge in a molecule of napthalocyanine on a bed of sodium cholride.
  • X marks the spot for miraculous microscopy – Researchers from IBM have succeeded in ‘seeing’ the distribution of charge within a single X-shaped molecule. Taking advantage of the workings of atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fabian Mohn and his colleagues from IBM Research Zurich managed to map the distribution of charge in a molecule of napthalocyanine on a bed of sodium cholride.
  • Author: Robert Slinn

    Robert Slinn is ChemSpy's guest columnist. You can read his chemical news updates under the banner "Slinn Pickings". Robert is a Chartered Chemist (CChem), Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and is a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. He has extensive experience in R&D: synthesis, analysis and analytical methods development; troubleshooting, consultancy, and teaching/training methods in industry and in academia. Robert is also 'Physical Methods' author for the Specialist Periodical Report series 'Organophosphorus Chemistry', published by Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. Robert has worked alongside David on the Bedside Book of Chemistry and a major Thomson-Reuters report on the state of the pharmaceutical industry for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry