# Have the shapes of synthesized anthropomorphic molecules (nanoputians) been verified experimentally?

Have the shapes of synthesized anthropomorphic molecules (nanoputians) been verified experimentally?

X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy imaging of single molecules, anything?

I was tempted to use the title Has anyone ever seen a nanoputian?

Edit: The IBM video World's Smallest Movie is not of a molecule, but it does contain an anthropomorphic shape built from individual atoms, visualized at atomic resolution using scanning atomic force microscopy.

below x2: Simple illustration of AFM imaging of organic molecule shape. From here. For more recent experiments and videos, see 30 years of atomic force microscopy: IBM scientists trigger and observe Reactions in an individual molecule and also IBM & Warwick Image Highly Reactive Triangular Molecule for the First Time.

below: Lewis structure of a nanoputian; "Chemical structure of 2-(2,5-bis(3,3-dimethylbut-1-ynyl)-4-(2-(3,5-di(pent-1-ynyl)phenyl)ethynyl)phenyl)-1,3-dioxolane." From here.

below: Lewis structure of a nanoputian; "Ball-and-stick model of the nanoputian molecule, also known as nanokid, an synthetic compound whose molecules are human-shaped." From here.

• In analogy to Jonathan Swift's Lilliputians, shouldn't the correct spelling be Nanoputians? – aventurin Apr 9 '17 at 16:52
• @aventurin it seems you are right! Perhaps subconsciously I was thinking nanoputan (sic) sounds more like a chemistry term, e.g. furan. – uhoh Apr 10 '17 at 0:25
• While I doubt the represented conformation is the only one to consider (free rotations mainly around C($sp^3$)-C($sp^3$) as well around C($sp$)-C($sp$) bonds), maybe user chemistry.stackexchange.com/users/18002/nanoputian does follow up their properties closely? – Buttonwood Apr 10 '17 at 7:58
• @Buttonwood you've made a helpful point. I've asked this follow up question about the molecular structure, rather than the shape. Still, I'm surprised no-one, not even someone at IBM Research–Zurich has let a drop evaporate on a flat surface and made some AFM images (see edit). – uhoh Apr 16 '17 at 3:38
• @uhoh Regarding the molecular structure (in terms of how the atoms are connected with each other), the SI of the article are accessible freely (just answered to you more recent question addressed). – Buttonwood Apr 16 '17 at 12:26