The detailed chemical structure of a single molecule has been imaged for the first time with an atomic force microscope, according to IBM researchers in Zurich.
The physical shape of single carbon nanotubes has been outlined before, using similar techniques, but the new method even shows up chemical bonds. Understanding structure on this scale could help in the design of many things on the molecular scale, particularly electronics or even drugs.
The research team reported its findings in the journal Science. It is the same group that in July reported the feat of measuring the charge on a single atom.
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IBM claims chemical structure images of a molecule (Electronic News)
IBM Scientists First to Image the “Anatomy” of a Molecule (IBM press release)