Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Two articles on the beaded molecules

I have written an article in English for the beaded molecules. In the paper, I describe in details the connection between bead models and fullerenes. But only structures without holes, i.e. genus=0, are discussed in this paper. I submitted this paper to J. Chem. Edu. two years ago. Unfortunately some reviewers do not seem to appreciate that the advantage and flexibility of using beads to represent microscopic structures of fullerenes. One of the reviewers said that he got totally confused when I said that spherical beads represent chemcal bonds, instead of atoms. Another reviewer doubted the pedagogical value of this approach. So, I was asked by the editor to make major revision for this paper. I didn't do it and submitted this paper to the J. Chin. Chem. Soc. instead.

Here is the paper:

1. Jin, B.-Y.*; Chuang, C.; Tsoo, C.-C. "Construction of Physical Models for Arbitrary Fullerenes with Beads: Realization of Tangent-Sphere Model" J. Chin. Chem. Soc. 2010, 57, 316-324.

A similar paper in Chinese has also been published two years ago:

2. Jin, B.-Y.*; Chuang, C.; Tsoo, C.-C. "The Wonderful World of Beaded Molecules." CHEMISTRY (The Chinese Chemical Society, Taipei) 2008,66, 73-92. (in chinese).

I am thinking about writing two more papers on tubular (toroidal structures, helical structures, and toroidal knots) and high-genus structures (periodic minimal surfaces, extended structures, high-genus fullerenes), respectively, later this year.

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