The lecture is prompted by the paper of Prof. Roald Hoffmann (The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 48, 191-204, 1990) and beadwork of my colleague, Prof. Bih-Yaw Jin.
The intention of the lecture is to introduce the structural chemistry to general audiences. Many beautiful molecules are presented by drawing, picture or real 3D model instead of difficult chemist’s language. After simple introduction of chemical bond, many molecules are showing from organic molecules to inorganic molecules, coordination complexes and organometallic complexes. Then giant molecules, proteins, DNAs even virus will be illustrated.
The final remark will be focused on my research molecules: metal string complexes. These molecules are fundamentally important in the study of metal-metal bonding and also have great potential applications as molecular electronics.