The molecule below is whimsically named Yoda1 because it "uses the force" to open channels in a class of animal proteins known as piezo ion channels (which appear to be part of their pressure sensing nervous systems). See this Nat. Commun. 2018, 9 (1) for a description and other links.


This raised the question for me of how many and what other interesting chemicals have been named after Star Wars characters?

  • $\begingroup$ You should be aware that this is an open-ended question, which is not typically within the scope of stack exchange; typically these are closed as too broad. $\endgroup$ Nov 13, 2018 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin-マーチン I'd agree if there were a vast number of answers but this doesn't seem to be the case. $\endgroup$
    – matt_black
    Nov 13, 2018 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ That does not take away the open-endedness of the question itself. If a huge star wars nerd comes along and starts naming newly designed molecules after SW characters/places/things, then this list would have to be amended... but I am neither for nor against closing this question. $\endgroup$ Nov 13, 2018 at 13:59

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I heard about one other Star Wars compound named after a character: Kinobeon A.[1]

Kinobeon A

There is also a supramolecular structure named after a Tie fighter.[2]

supramolecular Star Wars Tie Fighter Ship

Apparently there is also a Yoda1 analogue (note the additional sulfur atom) called Dooku1.[3]



  1. Kanehira, T.; Takekoshi, S.; Nagata, H.; Matsuzaki, K.; Kambayashi, Y.; Osamura, R. Y.; Homma, T. A novel and potent biological antioxidant, Kinobeon A, from cell culture of safflower. Life Sci. 2003, 74 (1), 87–97 DOI: 10.1016/j.lfs.2003.06.033. Mirror: www.chm.bris.ac.uk
  2. D'souza, F.; Gadde, S.; El-Khouly, M. E.; Zandler, M. E.; Araki, Y.; Ito, O. A supramolecular Star Wars Tie Fighter Ship: electron transfer in a self-assembled triad composed of two zinc naphthalocyanines and a fullerene. J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2005, 09 (10), 698–705 DOI: 10.1142/S1088424605000812.
  3. Evans, E. L.; Cuthbertson, K.; Endesh, N.; Rode, B.; Blythe, N. M.; Hyman, A. J.; Hall, S. J.; Gaunt, H. J.; Ludlow, M. J.; Foster, R.; Beech, D. J. Yoda1 analogue (Dooku1) which antagonizes Yoda1-evoked activation of Piezo1 and aortic relaxation. Br. J. Pharmacol. 2018, 175 (10), 1744–1759 DOI: 10.1111/bph.14188.
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    $\begingroup$ Fascinating. But you should include the structures or some explanation of why the names arose. $\endgroup$
    – matt_black
    Nov 13, 2018 at 10:12
  • $\begingroup$ Good point. I have added some images of the structures. $\endgroup$
    – Ivo Filot
    Nov 13, 2018 at 12:18
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    $\begingroup$ Please do not include any update/edit statements into your post, the edit history is available for anyone to check, and those statements are confusing for new readers of your post. $\endgroup$ Nov 13, 2018 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin-マーチン Thank you for your feedback. I saw similar update/edit statements in other Stack Exchange posts, so I thought it was the way to do it. Lesson learned. :-) $\endgroup$
    – Ivo Filot
    Nov 13, 2018 at 14:00
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    $\begingroup$ I completely understand. Our format is a bit different from the traditional online forum, and probably a bit harder to get used to. Unfortunately it's not always possible to make all posts a better fit so you'll come across these kind of things quite often. These are usually not necessary - just edit the post into what you think is the best version and ignore people who might have already read it. ;) $\endgroup$ Nov 13, 2018 at 14:05

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