Shining paddle

A molecule shaped like a paddle has been synthesized by Vadapalli Chandrasekhar and colleagues at the Indian Institute of Technology, in Kanpur, and at the University of Liverpool. The molecule has a linear axis of three magnesium atoms and represents the first compound of its class. Not only is the molecule an interesting shape but it luminesces in solution and in the solid state and so might be useful in creating novel organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). The team is fine-tuning the chemistry of the molecule to allow them to generate the three primary colors.