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December 19, 2016

Molecules of the year? Pnictogen chains and 16 coordinate Cs.

I am completing my survey of the vote for molecule of the year candidates, which this year seems focused on chemical records of one type or another.


December 18, 2016

Molecules of the year? The most polar neutral compound synthesized…

Filed under: Interesting chemistry — Tags: , — Henry Rzepa @ 9:07 am

This, the fourth candidate provided by C&EN for a vote for the molecule of the year as discussed here, lays claim to the World’s most polar neutral molecule (system 1 shown below).[1] Here I explore a strategy for extending that record.



  1. J. Wudarczyk, G. Papamokos, V. Margaritis, D. Schollmeyer, F. Hinkel, M. Baumgarten, G. Floudas, and K. Müllen, "Hexasubstituted Benzenes with Ultrastrong Dipole Moments", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 55, pp. 3220-3223, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201508249

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