Nanoscale Wrench Hunting for a Chemical Bolt (video) University of Vermont Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption Like a wrench hunting for a bolt, this computer simulation, created by University of Vermont chemist Jianing Li, shows a pillarene ring getting found and embraced by a larger chemical structure. The Vermont chemistry team made models of both pieces and then, programmed with Newton's equations, watched how they interacted on a supercomputer at UVM's Vermont Advanced Computing Core. The take-home message: once the wrench attaches to the bolt -- it stays there, holding its shape. This team's discovery allows them to precisely control nanoscale shapes and holds promise as a highly accurate and fast method of creating customized molecules -- one of the foundational needs for making a new generation of complex synthetic materials, including polymers and medicines. Credit Jianing Li, UVM Usage Restrictions with coverage of associated story Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.