They’re actually more similar than you’d think.
It can be quite difficult to visualize chemical reactions in real life, but modern science is here to help us once again
Using a special type of microscopy, researchers triggered and visualized a chemical reaction at atomic level.
MIT researchers made a huge upgrade to an instrument that’s indispensable in research today: the atomic force microscope (AFM).
The Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China partnered to release an amazing video which zooms on various chemical reactions at ultraHD resolution. Using advanced computer graphics and state-of-the-art interactive technology, a group of 3D artists in Shanghai created this extraordinary short animation to express their impression of chemical structures. Check out the result in the embedded video below
Fuel cells are absolute wonders of technology – electrochemical systems that directly convert the chemical energy of a fuel (hydrogen and oxygen) into electricity and heat. There’s no combustion, and consequently fuel cells aren’t limited by the same thermodynamic cycles as a typical heat engine. A theoretical efficiency of 70% is thus reached – which is staggering compared to burning
Since the study of modern chemistry was initiated, only 36 basic types of chemical reactions have been fully described. Recently, researchers at MIT, building on the work of another study published 30 years ago, have fully described the mechanisms of a 37th reaction – a low-temperature oxidation that results in the decomposition of complex organic molecules known as gamma-ketohydroperoxides. The reaction