Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame have tied quantum physics and chemistry of photosynthesis in biology. Using ultrafast spectroscopy to see what happens at the subatomic level during the very first stage of photosynthesis, two branches of science that […]

For 84 years chemists have suspected the conservation of angular momentum (CAM) had direct applications in chemistry.  December 22, 2011 saw Michigan State University (MSU) researchers first report that CAM in chemistry is in fact at work and the demonstration offers that scientists can use it to control and predict reactions in general.  This is […]

The 1999 Nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to Ahmed Zewail for his studies of chemical reactions using ultrashort laser pulses. Zewail was able to watch the motion of atoms and thus visualize transition states on the molecular level. Watching the dynamics of single electrons was still considered a dream at that time. Now a […]

The press may howl the politicians take stands and the consumers wonder but the chemistry needed for life isn’t going away. The chemical market from the raw material producer to the end user all have a need for standards, the way things are described and disclosed so decisions can be made. Chemical companies and manufacturers […]

Filled with enthusiasm, scientists at the Carnegie Institution have found for the first time that high pressure can be used to make a unique hydrogen-storage material. Led by Maddury Somayazulu, the Carnegie team found that the normally unreactive, noble gas xenon combines with molecular hydrogen (H2) under pressure to form a previously unknown solid material […]

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