Shaking the electron has strengthened quantum mechanics

Decays of atomic nuclei are potential sources of information on fundamental phenomena occurring in the quantum world. Unfortunately, it is a rather difficult task to model such processes. However, NCBJ physicists have successfully ...

Molecular motor: Four states of rotation

With the help of ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers have characterized the complete rotational cycle of the light-driven, chemical motor ...

Supercomputing more light than heat

Solar cells can't stand the heat. Photovoltaics lose some energy as heat in converting sunlight to electricity. The reverse holds true for lights made with light-emitting diodes (LED), which convert electricity into light. ...

Proper breeding ground for germanene

Germanene is a one atom thick sheet of germanium, in a honeycomb structure. It has clear similarities with graphene, the material that induced massive research activity worldwide, especially after 2010's Nobel Prize.

Tailor-made synthesis of cyclic chemicals by means of enzymes

Penicillin-based antibiotics contain a five-membered hydrocarbon cycle, additionally incorporating a sulfur and a nitrogen atom. Nadine Zumbr├Ągel, doctoral student at the Chair of Organic Chemistry I at Bielefeld University, ...

New molecules for OLEDs and pharmaceuticals

Chemists from Ural Federal University (UrFU, Ekaterinburg) have suggested a new technique for synthesizing thiophene derivatives and studied their fluorescent properties experimentally as well as theoretically. Many organic ...

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