Author's statement: This image was captured in the Barybin Lab of KU. Our research centers around azulene, a naturally occurring hydrocarbon that effuses a deep blue-azure color, for which it is named. In the Barybin Group, we specialize in the synthesis of organometallic compounds featuring azulene in search for materials that may have nanotechnological applications. This flask containing a solution of a derivative of azulene highlights the brilliant colors that we chemists may enjoy when working with azulene-based molecules. The myriad of colors of azulene and its synthetic variants make even the most mundane of reactions intriguing and pleasurable to the eye.
This image was submitted by Bryce Tappan, senior in Chemistry, as part of the Image of Research competition sponsored by the University of Kansas Libraries. It was selected as the Vision Award winner for 2016.
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