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According to Phys.org (This article and its images were originally posted on Phys.org October 3, 2018 at 10:09AM.)
Notorious asphyxiator carbon monoxide has few true admirers, but it’s favored by University of California, Irvine scientists who use it to study other molecules.
With the aid of a scanning tunneling microscope, researchers in UCI’s Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit employed the diatomic compound as a sensor and transducer to probe and image samples, gaining an unprecedented amount of information about their structures, bonds and electrical fields. The findings were published in Science Advances.
“We used this technique to map, with sub-molecular spatial resolution, the chemical information inside one molecule,” said co-author V. Ara Apkarian, CaSTL director and UCI professor of chemistry. “To be able to see the inner workings of the basic units of all matter is truly amazing, and it’s one of the main objectives we have pursued at CaSTL for more than a decade.”
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