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Chemistry at the Gas/Liquid Border

Content About: Chemistry at the Gas/Liquid Border

Published: 09/26/2016 - 12:00pm Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

The Nesbitt group has invented a nifty technique for exploring the physics and chemistry of a gas interacting with molecules on the surface of a liquid. The group originally envisioned the technique because it’s impossible to overestimate the importance of understanding surface chemistry. For instance, ozone depletion in the atmosphere occurs because of chemical reactions of hydrochloric acid...

Published: 08/17/2012 - 3:51pm Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

The interface between a gas and a solid is a remarkable environment for new investigations. Lots of fascinating chemistry takes place there, including catalysis. Catalysis is acceleration of a chemical reaction that is caused by an element like platinum that remains unchanged by a chemical reaction. For instance platinum catalyzes the transformation of carbon monoxide (CO) into carbon dioxide...

Published: 09/14/2017 - 2:41pm Type of Content: Biblio
Published: 11/26/2013 - 7:37am Type of Content: Biblio
Published: 07/15/2013 - 4:08pm Type of Content: Research Areas

Since the mid-2000s, the David Nesbitt group has conducted experiments aimed at better understanding the interactions of atoms and molecules at the interface between a gas and a liquid. Initial experiments explored what happened when a beam of molecules (cooled down into a single quantum state) was directed toward a rotating disk with a freshly made liquid surface inside a vacuum. Inside the...