Driving chemical reactions by remote control

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 08:10 in Physics & Chemistry

Students learn in high school that molecules must be in contact to react chemically. But what if that's not always true? It's that idea, which challenges textbook "laws," a team of theorists explored. They showed that even though it is in a completely different container from reactants, a catalyst could make a reaction happen. That is, a catalyst caused nitrous acid to change shape without touching it. The team's theory challenges conventional wisdom about what it takes to make a reaction happen.

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