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A Real Live “Ferric Wheel”

Last week over in the IYC2011 blog, Rachel Pepling announced the chemistry blog carnival, which asks readers to post on their favorite chemical reaction. Accompanying the post was a fanciful drawing of a “ferrous wheel.”

I was immediately reminded of a story I wrote a long time ago about work in Steve Lippard’s lab at MIT. He and his coworkers had synthesized a “ferric wheel.” I found the illustration in the C&EN Archives:

"Ferric wheel" molecule

The story, “Ferric Wheel Molecule Characterized At MIT,” appeared in the Dec. 24, 1990, issue of C&EN. That is a long time ago!

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