Imaging studies

Imaging studies use various techniques to visualize chemical systems. They rely on different parts of a given system yielding distinct responses to certain stimuli. The stimulus and response could be of optical origin such as in fluorescence microscopy, or magnetic, such as in NMR-based methods.

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  • News and Views |

    The beauty and activity of enzymes inspire chemists to tailor new and better non-biological catalysts. Now, a study reveals that the active sites within heterogeneous catalysts actively cooperate in a fashion phenomenologically similar to, but mechanistically distinct, from enzymes.

    • Bert M. Weckhuysen
    Nature Chemistry 10, 580-582
  • Research Highlights |

    The resolution of AFM images is highly sensitive to the atomic composition and structure of the tip. Harry Mönig and co-workers show that an oxygen-terminated copper tip can enable imaging at unprecedented resolution, allowing us to study molecular interactions in exquisite detail.

    • Gabriella Graziano
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Carl Heron and Joanne Dyer from the British Museum in London talk to Nature Materials about the research activities at the museum and how scientists can impact cultural heritage.

    • Maria Maragkou
    Nature Materials 17, 110-111
  • Editorial |

    Art historians have joined forces with material scientists in order to better understand the objects of interest but also develop better conservation treatments and preservation approaches.

  • News and Views |

    Spin-triplet excitations commonly migrate through direct electron exchange between neighbouring molecules. Now, experiments show that back-and-forth interconversion between spin-triplet and spin-singlet states can significantly speed up triplet migration in organic crystals.

    • Sean T. Roberts
    Nature Chemistry 7, 764-765