Molecular Models Underfoot

I rolled into Washington D.C.'s Union Station on an Amtrak train at around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, after a full day of reporting in Philadelphia for a story that will appear in a future issue of C&EN. Waiting to transfer to the local Metro for a ride to my neighborhood in Silver Spring, MD, I looked down at a tiled platform that I had seen hundreds of times. With graphene chemistry so ascendant these days, when this platform comes into view, I can't help but think of it as graphene writ large. Now I will be on the lookout for other renditions of molecular structures inadvertently there in our constructed landscape.
Graphene You Walk On

Graphene You Walk On (Amato/C&EN)

Author: Ivan Amato

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  1. Looks like this graphene has a chewing gum addition. I look forward to your next chemical structure catch.

  2. The hexagon is everywhere in nature.

  3. Yes, it’s funny how nature has built a tiled platform that is formed of hexagons.