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December 29, 2018 01:33:26A quantum puzzle has been created, the result of a new study in Nature Physics.
Scientists have observed that electrons in a molecule, for example carbon, behave in a different way from those that exist in other atoms.
These electrons are known as electron-bonding and act as the link between two particles.
A group of researchers from the University of Chicago and University of Edinburgh have found that they can observe a change in this link between carbon and other elements that may have been overlooked in previous studies.
The discovery is part of a larger effort to unravel the links between the electrons and their bonding partners in the periodic table of elements.
“We’re very excited about this new approach because it’s a fundamental new discovery that will have a big impact on the understanding of the chemistry of element bonding,” said David Lasseter, a University of Illinois professor who led the study.
Lasseter said the research could also have implications for the production of new materials, such as those for solar cells and other renewable energy technologies.
What makes carbon-frying interesting is that the atoms in the molecule can be arranged in a way that mimics how the electrons are connected to each other.
If you want to understand how electrons behave when they’re bonded, the atoms are arranged in such a way to allow them to be easily detected and studied in the lab.
For this study, Lassett and his colleagues looked at two different types of carbon, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.
They found that the carbon-carbon bond can be broken, or the bond is not broken, when carbon dioxide is mixed with oxygen.
In the experiment, they mixed carbon dioxide with two different gases, one that mimicked carbon dioxide to produce carbon monoxides, and another that mimicks oxygen to produce hydroxyls.
The team found that when the carbon monoxy is mixed, it creates the chemical that creates the electron-binding bond.
That suggests that the chemistry is different when carbon monodiazides are mixed with carbon dioxide.
While this may not be the first time that scientists have observed this property of carbon-based bonding, it is a new one, Lattere said.
He said it also means that other researchers could study the properties of carbon as a catalyst to learn more about the physics of the periodic structure of the elements.
“We can go back in time and figure out where these chemical reactions came from, and we can then do the same kind of experiments on other compounds,” Lasset said.
“It’s just really exciting.”
The researchers said their study opens up a new approach for studying the structure of carbon and its reactions.
But the researchers cautioned that the experiment is still very early, and that more research is needed to fully understand how the chemical reactions that occur in a carbon-oxygen system are different from those in a gas-oxyid system.
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