IBM researchers took the first ever images of a single molecule using an atomic force microscope (AFM), which revealed the chemical bond within a molecule. As you can see in the image below, the rectangular-shaped organic molecule is made up of 22 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms.
This is the first time that all the atoms in a molecule have been imaged,’ lead researcher Leo Gross said.
Also, the space between each hexagonal shape (carbon rings) is 0.14 nanometers across, which is roughly one million times smaller than the diameter of a grain of sand.
The new discovery would open the door wide open in the field of nanotechnology to study the tiniest and smallest things known to mankind.
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