Chemists of the Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have isolated an elusive ‘nitridyl radical.’ The reactive nitrogen particle, captured between two rhodium atoms, may well play an important role in new processes for converting molecular nitrogen into useful compounds such as fertilizers.
Chemistry professor Linda Shimizu oversees a series of crowd-pleasing chemistry demonstrations in middle and high schools throughout central South Carolina every year. They are spirited affairs, and her research in the laboratory is just as dynamic — but with a sense of order that really keeps atoms in line.
New catalyst process for rapid polymerization uses light, not metal University of California Santa Barbara researchers develop a metal-free atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) process that uses an organic-based photocatalyst. A team of chemistry and materials science experts from University of California, Santa Barbara and The Dow Chemical Company has created a novel way to overcome one of the major hurdles preventing the widespread use of controlled radical polymerization.
A team of researchers led by UA assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds that contain nitrogen-vacancy centers. The unexpected and attractive properties of these
Solar Jet Fuel - Kerosene made from CO2, solar energy and water - "the solar-driven redox cycle for syngas production is still at an early stage of development, the processing of syngas to kerosene is already being deployed by companies, including Shell, on a global scale."
Samples show some of the colors researchers have produced in electrochromic polymers. The materials can be used for applications such as sunglasses and window tinting that can be turned on and off through the application of an electrical potential. Image: Rob Felt