The Tightest Molecular Knot Ever Created Is 10,000 Times Thinner Than A Human Hair

International Business Times 

Trying to knot tiny molecules together is a task that is exactly as difficult as it sounds. However, manipulating molecules into ever tighter knots is a goal that many researchers eagerly pursue, and not just for the daunting challenge it provides. Scientists believe that making different types of molecular knots can be used as a method to probe how knotting affects strength and elasticity of materials. This, in turn, can lead to the creation of polymer strands that can be used to build stronger and more flexible materials. A team of researchers from the University of Manchester has now created a record-breaking knot.

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