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Picture of newly-devised frequency comb.October 2015Science Highlight

Toward Powerful and Compact Terahertz Spectrometers

A new, dime-sized light source will lead to novel spectrometers for the next generation of scientific discoveries. Read More »

Visualized model of a superlubricity (low-friction) system: gold = nanodiamond particles; red = graphene nanoscroll; green = underlying graphene on silica; black = diamond-like carbon surface.October 2015Science Highlight

Near Zero Friction from Nanoscale Lubricants

Researchers have attained superlubricity, the near absence of friction, at a carbon-silica interface using nanodiamonds wrapped in graphene flakes. Read More »

Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering data show the existence of a new quasiparticle in strontium iridate (Sr2IrO4).October 2015Science Highlight

X-ray Induced Quasiparticles: New Window on Unconventional Superconductivity

Creation of new neutral-charge, long-life quasiparticles may help explain high-temperature superconductivity. Read More »

The newly-proposed structure of ceric ammonium nitrate, with an oxygen bridge, may explain why this popular industrial reagent is so versatile.October 2015Science Highlight

What CAN It Be?

Elucidating Cerium Solution Chemistry Read More »

The benchmark catalyst Fe(CO)5 is irradiated with ultraviolet light, causing it to lose one of its five carbon monoxide groups.August 2015Science Highlight

Scientists Track Ultrafast Formation of Catalyst with X-ray Laser

First-of-its-kind measurements provide insights on reactions that could one day turn sunlight and water into fuels. Read More »

Scientists reported the first direct detection of a hydroperoxyalkyl radical—a class of reactive molecules denoted “QOOH”—that are key intermediates in combustion and atmospheric chemistry.August 2015Science Highlight

Combustion’s Mysterious “QOOH” Radicals Exposed

Direct measurement of an elusive but critical combustion molecule leads to more accurate models of ignition chemistry. Read More »

Understanding the conditions and pathways that position populations of isolated ions and shared proton species as they react in water allows scientists to better understand the chemistry of concentrated hydrogen chloride solutions, which has implications in chemical processes ranging from refining oil to building longer-lasting batteries.August 2015Science Highlight

Keeping the Ions Close: A New Activity

Study changes perception on how acids behave in water. Read More »

Specially designed, extremely small metal structures can trap light.August 2015Science Highlight

Light Speed Ahead!

Surface plasmons move at nearly the speed of light and travel farther than expected, possibly leading to faster electronic circuits. Read More »

When gaseous carbon dioxide (center) is dissolved in water, its water-fearing or hydrophobic nature creates a cylindrical cavity in the liquid, setting the stage for the proton transfer reactions that produce carbonic acid.August 2015Science Highlight

The Importance of Hydration

Spectroscopy combined with theory and computation determines the interaction between carbon dioxide and water. Read More »

A Super Uranyl-binding Protein with high affinity and selectivity could be used to mine uranium from seawater in the future.August 2015Science Highlight

Skimming Uranium from the Sea

Using computational methods, scientists tailor and adapt proteins to mine uranium from seawater. Read More »

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