Leigh’s group make headlines with Octafoil knot


X-ray crystal structure of Leigh’s 819 knot-Fe(II) complex

Leigh and coworkers have created the first example of a molecular ‘octafoil knot’, a novel topology which crosses itself eight times. The work was published in Science last week. This fascinating and beautiful discovery was quickly noticed by NewScientist magazine, who published an article on this step forward in the world of molecular knots and links. Several scientists, including Thorri Gunnlaugsson, were interviewed as part of the article.