20 September 2019
Vol 365, Issue 6459

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COVER Voltage pulses applied through an atomic force microscope tip prompt CO molecules (C, gray; O, red) to dissociate from a custom synthesized precursor to create cyclo[18]carbon (C18)—a ring-shaped molecule with 18 carbon atoms joined by alternating single and triple bonds. C18 and its precursors can be fused by atom manipulation, opening a route to create other elusive carbon-rich molecules with possible applications in molecular electronics. See pages 1245 and 1299.
. Illustration: C. Bickel/Science; AFM data and models of molecule and tip: IBM Research