Thursday, December 22, 2016

Cork polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

In the spirit of both Christmas and recycling, I decided to build a Christmas tree by gluing together wine corks accumulated during this year. In addition, if you needed one, the intermediates of this process make rather cute models of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

(a) benzene

(b) naphthalene

(c) anthracene

(d) phenalene

(e) pyrene

(f) benzo[a]pyrene

(g) olympicene

(h) coronene

(i) ovalene

(j) circumcoronene

(k) There must be a systematic name somewhere, I just don’t know it. I call it “21 corks”.

(l) 21 corks glued to circumcoronene = 40 corks

Keep going...

(m) A Christmas tree

More photos of cork @ Shutterstock.

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