Fractal crystals win fashion design contest

Written by Thomas Foley for Chemistry World

The fractal crystal pattern, transferred onto a dress, won the researchers a prize at a design competition

Organic crystals with never-before-seen curved fractal structures have been discovered by researchers in China. They used the unusual shapes to design a dress, whose striking patterns won a national fashion competition.

Guoqing Zhang, Xuepeng Zhang and their team at the University of Science and Technology of China first intended to construct a series of organic ligands for water-based acrylic paints. By performing a routine Claisen condensation reaction between a ketone and an ester, they obtained a number of pyridine-substituted β-diketone compounds as fluffy crystals, with varying positions of nitrogen-substitution in the pyridine ring.

Interested? The full story can be read in Chemistry World.

The original article can be read below and is free to access until 9th June 2017:

Curved fractal structures of pyridine-substituted β-diketone crystals
Zongzheng Qian, Dongxue Li, Tongqing Xie, Xuepeng Zhang,* Yang He, Yuejie Ai and Guoqing Zhang*
CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 2283-2287

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