Chemistry with Mondrian

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How about presenting chemical formulas and structures of molecules differently? We are used to skeletal presentations or diagrams. But what about an artistic visualization of symmetry? In increasing abstraction by removing minor details, Chris Kingsbury and Mathias Senge have come up with a general form similar to the early works of the artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). The Mondrian plot presented here is a simple tool for the analysis of molecular symmetry, which can be used for structural discussion and display.


Read more in his recent paper in  Angewandte Chemie


Mathias Senge is Professor of Organic Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the TUM Institute for Advanced Study.