Saturday, July 18, 2015
I am a member of Taiwan Chemistry Olympiad team for the 2015 IChO (International Chemistry Olympiad) which will be held next week at Baku, Azerbaijan. We prepared many C60 bead models as souvenirs for participants from around the world. To make about 200 bead models of C60. we got help from chemistry teachers and many senior students of the Taipei First-Girl School (TFGH). Most of these students have just got acceptances from colleges and have some spare time to help us prepare these beautiful bead models.
Friday, July 17, 2015
I gave a workshop for the summer chemistry camp of the chemistry department at the National Taiwan University early this month. This is a summer camp for the local high school students. There are about 60 participants this year. Here a few photos from the workshop:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
I noticed that the last two of C36's fifteen isomers, namely C36:14 (point group, D2d) and C36:15 (D6h), are very similar to a baseball and a rugby ball, respectively. Also, a Stone-Wales transformation can bring one of them to the other.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Tsai-Rong Liu (劉采容), an undergraduate at chemistry department of the National Taiwan University, built this interesting graphitic structure which approximates the trinoid, a minimal surface with three catenoid openings. Similar graphitic surfaces with k catenoid openings, i.e. k-noids, can be built similarly.