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Laser induced photodetachment is used to turn a stable F¯(H2O) molecule into FH2O to study the “half reaction” processes experimentally and theoretically.October 2014Science Highlights

A View from the Middle for Chemical Reactions

Studying the photodetachment of a stable anion provides an experimental-theoretical benchmark of the chemical dynamics. Read More »

Wide-field fluorescence images (upper) acquired simultaneously in two orthogonal polarizations (double-ended arrows) depicting the 1D diffusional motions of rod-shaped single molecules confined within surfactant-templated mesoporous silica (bottom scheme).October 2014Science Highlights

Wobbling Molecules Probe Wiggle Room in Nanochannels

Single-molecule wobbling measurements help to elucidate molecular confinement within cylindrical nanopores. Read More »

Representative structures of the fluoroprotactinates synthesized and their structures determined using single crystal X-ray crystallography.October 2014Science Highlights

At an Elemental Crossroad: Investigating the Chemistry of Protactinium

Studies of protactinium aim to understand its chemistry and its unique electronic properties in the actinide elements. Read More »

AFM micrograph of the muscovite (001) basal plane showing PuO2 nanoparticles after overnight exposure to 2 mM Pu(III) in 100 mM NaCl at pH 2.6 (image range: 200 nm×200 nm).October 2014Science Highlights

Surface-Mediated Formation of Plutonium Nanoparticles

Researchers observe metal-trapping on mineral surfaces. Read More »

The color spectrum of light absorbed by a strongly-coupled perylene-tetrapyrrole dyad is more than the sum of the spectra of the constituents.June 2014Science Highlights

Capturing All the Light: Panchromatic Visible Absorption for Solar Photoconversion

Linking together two light absorbing pigments to construct a better artificial photosynthesis solar cell. Read More »

EPR spectra (A) with generated with isotope labeled tyrosines show that a tyrosine radical (B) is cleaved to form an oxobenzyl radical (C) as an intermediate in forming the CO and CN Fe ligands in FeFe hydrogenase.June 2014Science Highlights

Totally Radical: Unique Chemistry Needed to Make a Biological Hydrogen Catalyst

Key steps revealed in assembling the active site of a hydrogen-generating catalyst in bacteria. Read More »

Focal series high-resolution transmission-electron microscope (TEM) image (here, for disordered 1.2-1.5 nm NPs) and histogram for fraction of ordered NPs versus size, where NPs > 2.5 nm were all observed to be ordered.June 2014Science Highlights

Nanoparticles: To Be or Not to Be Crystalline?

Discovery of coexisting ordered and disordered catalytic nanoparticles. Read More »

Scanning Tunneling Microscope Image Showing Atomically Dispersed Palladium Atoms in a Copper Surface.June 2014Science Highlights

Isolated Palladium Atoms Allow Highly-Selective Catalysis of Hydrogenation Reactions

Single palladium atoms convert the surface of an inexpensive metal into an ultra-selective hydrogenation catalyst. Read More »

Sequentially deposited green, orange, and red-emitting quantum dots serve as sensitizers within the titanium oxide film to render a rainbow architecture for harvesting photons from sunlight.June 2014Science Highlights

Tuning Into the Right Wavelength: Quantum Dot Rainbow Increases Solar Cell Efficiency

Layers of quantum dots Form “rainbow architecture” that enhances light absorption in a solar cell. Read More »

Production of hydrogen through the water-gas shift reaction on Pt-CeOx interfaces supported on titania.June 2014Science Highlights

Stacking Metals for Better Catalysis: A New Type of Metal-Support Interaction

Designing a novel catalyst for the production of hydrogen. Read More »

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