Multiple Motions: Applied electrons make molecules vibrate and move

By Jessica Gorman, 15:49 PM April 15, 2008

Chemical reactions involve billions of individual molecules enacting a complicated dance of bond breaking and formation. In an elegant technical accomplishment that could help researchers better understand these complex interactions, scientists have now choreographed individual molecules to vibrate, break bonds, and move on a surface in specified ways.

In the May 29 Nature, an international team of researchers describes how it used the electron-emitting tip of a scanning tunneling microscope ...

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