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Aromatics do the twist

For nearly 40 years, organic chemists have been fascinated by the idea of aromatic molecules that have the topology of a Möbius strip. No such molecule has been isolated — until now.

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Figure 1: Möbius Strip II by M. C. Escher.
Figure 2: Twist in the tale.


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Lemal, D. Aromatics do the twist. Nature 426, 776–777 (2003).

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