Mark-Robin Giolando’s favorite structure is:

4,6-Dinitro-N,N’-di-n-octylbenzene-1,3-diamine

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Source: Mark Giolando

Why?

I think this structure is cool because a friend and I started to learn about crystallography while in sophomore year of high school. This beautiful crystal structure was the result of our first analysis. Later it would published in a scientific journal. Besides its memory value, this crystal also appeals to me through its beauty and fascinating packing. This crystal structure’s symmetry and long hydrocarbon chains are what make it beautiful. It is amazing what can be done with invisible X-rays.—Mark-Robin Giolando

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