Controlling chemical catalysts with sculpted light

IMAGE: Depiction of the experimental setup where palladium nanorods lie atop gold nanobars. In this image, an electron beam is directed at the sample to watch the catalytic interactions between the… view more  Credit: Katherine Sytwu Like a person breaking up a cat fight, the role of catalysts in a chemical reaction is to hurry up […]

Engineers find a way to control chemical catalysts with sculpted light

Depiction of the experimental setup where palladium nanorods lie atop gold nanobars. In this image, an electron beam is directed at the sample to watch the catalytic interactions between the hydrogen molecules (in green) and the palladium catalyst. The light driving the illumination is shown in red. Credit: Katherine Sytwu Like a person breaking up […]

Controlling chemical catalysts with sculpted light — ScienceDaily

Like a person breaking up a cat fight, the role of catalysts in a chemical reaction is to hurry up the process — and come out of it intact. And, just as not every house in a neighborhood has someone willing to intervene in such a battle, not every part of a catalyst participates in […]