Synthetic winner

As the Winter Olympics draws to a close, Florida State chemists have an apt polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH). Igor Alabugin and his colleagues have put together five benzene rings, three at the "top", two on the "bottom", fused in such a way as to resemble the Olympic logo and dubbed olympicene. Now, to find an application, although the team suggests such compounds might be useful in new types of sensor, for information and energy storage, in solar cells, and organic light-emitting diodes.