Noncontact Atomic Force Microscope Shows Molecular Reformation

 

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High-Resolution Images of a Molecule as it Breaks and Reforms

Using a very neat technique, scientists were able to image a chemical reaction. I would suggest taking a look at the article, especially if those stick drawings of organic chemicals always intrigued you.

What this lab has done is use an atomic force microscope (AFM) to detect atoms and forces between the bonds during a chemical reaction. The resulting images through the process are fascinating.

2 responses to “Noncontact Atomic Force Microscope Shows Molecular Reformation

  1. A new-agey friend of mine saw that and came up with a pretty good analogy for how that thing works: it reads the aura of the molecule. I think the Braille example is better, but still it’s cool to have granola culture and graphite culture be able to talk about the same thing!

  2. Ha, I love it! I’ve met a few interesting professors who might describe it that way as well…

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