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Scientists Capture First Images of Molecules Before and After Reaction

May 30, 2013

image of molecules before and after a reaction Using atomic force microscopy, chemists for the first time, can capture images of molecules before and after they react, which will allow them to better tune reactions to get the products they want. University of California, Berkeley, chemist Felix Fischer and physicist Michael Crommie joined forces to develop the technique, which could help scientists study and improve catalytic reactions like those used widely in industry to make chemicals or crack oil. Full Story

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