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Chicken wire (chemistry)
Additional recommended knowledge
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Hexagonal molecular structures
A hexagonal structure that is often described as chicken wire-like can also be found in other types of chemical compounds. Examples are:
Bond line notation
The bond line notation is a method to draw structural formulas of organic compounds where lines represent the chemical bonds and the edges represent implicit carbon atoms . This notation is sometimes jestingly called chicken wire notation.   
Placeholder for organic compounds
Chicken wire is sometimes used as a placeholder name for any organic compound, similar to the use of the name John Doe.
It is an old and notable joke in chemistry to draw a polycyclic hexagonal chemical structure and call this fictional compound chickenwire. By adding one or two simple chemical groups to this skeleton, the compound can then be named following the official chemical naming convention. Examples are:
In computational chemistry a chicken wire model or chicken wire surface plot is a way to visualize molecular models by drawing the polygon mesh of their surface (defined e.g. as the van der Waals radius or a certain electron density).     
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