Saturday, August 29, 2009

Single Molecule Imaged For the First Time

Technology continues to advance. Now scientists have imaged a single molecule of pentacene (commonly used in solar cells) made up of 22 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms. The image is crude, but there it is in all of its glory.

Here is a computer-generated image of how we're used to seeing a molecule represented with balls and sticks.

The space between the carbon rings is only 0.14 nanometers across, which is roughly one million times smaller than the diameter of a grain of sand.

Here is a news article about the discovery: Single molecule, one million times smaller than a grain of sand, pictured for first time.

This is a fascinating first-look into a new aspect of God's creation.


GreekAsianPanda said...

Wow! I think that's amazing. It's so cool what technology can do these days. God has certainly blessed us.

WardFour+1 said...

That is totally amazing!!! I never thought I'd get to see something like this!