Saturday, August 14, 2010

Effect of nonhexagon on the graphene surface

I made a few bead models of [n]-circulene (n=5,6,7,8) to illustrate the influence of nonhexagon on the local Gaussian curvature at nonhexagons.
One can easily see that [6]-circulene (coronene) is planar. But [5]-circulene (corannulene) has positive Gaussian curvature (bowl-shape), and [7]- or [8]-circulene have negative Gaussian curvatures (saddle-shape).

I made these models for the workshop for the 21st International Conference on Chemical Education (ICCE) yesterday after. However, I don't have chance to use them.

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