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Monday, August 4 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
W80: The Fabulous World of Beaded Molecules: Constructing Arbitrary Fullerenes with Beads

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Constructing a three-dimensional physical model for a complicated molecule is important for students to visualize the spatial arrangement of different parts in that molecule. We developed systematic strategy for making cage-like fullerene without any hole based on the spiral code of the corresponding fullerene and other exotic graphitic structures using the technique of mathematical beading.

In this workshop, we will give the participants hands-on experience on how to make beaded models for several important fullerenes such as C60 or C70 and give the correct interpretation based on the valence sphere model developed by Prof. Henry Bent. In the first project, we will make beaded model for the hypothetical molecule C20, which consists of twelve pentagons. Participants will learn the basic techniques of weaving for other fullerene compounds in about half hour. With this experience, we will move on to the next structure C60 or C70 in the next project.


Bih-Yaw Jin

National Taiwan University

Monday August 4, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
PAD 106