Chemical physics

Chemical physics is concerned with the application of the concepts and theories of physics to the analysis of chemical systems and their physical behaviour. While also at the interface between physics and chemistry, it is distinct from physical chemistry.

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research |

    Slow compression of ice at low temperature results in the sequential formation of a series of crystalline phases, challenging theories that connect amorphous ice to supercooled liquid water.

    • Chris A. Tulk
    • , Jamie J. Molaison
    • , Adam R. Makhluf
    • , Craig E. Manning
    •  & Dennis D. Klug
    Nature 569, 542-545
  • Research | | open

    Understanding strong X-ray induced phenomena is important for applications of X-ray free-electron laser imaging. Here, the authors show time-resolved measurements of X-ray free-electron laser induced electronic decay of CH2I2 molecule probed with NIR pulses and identify mechanisms behind different transient states lifetimes.

    • Hironobu Fukuzawa
    • , Tsukasa Takanashi
    • , Edwin Kukk
    • , Koji Motomura
    • , Shin-ichi Wada
    • , Kiyonobu Nagaya
    • , Yuta Ito
    • , Toshiyuki Nishiyama
    • , Christophe Nicolas
    • , Yoshiaki Kumagai
    • , Denys Iablonskyi
    • , Subhendu Mondal
    • , Tetsuya Tachibana
    • , Daehyun You
    • , Syuhei Yamada
    • , Yuta Sakakibara
    • , Kazuki Asa
    • , Yuhiro Sato
    • , Tsukasa Sakai
    • , Kenji Matsunami
    • , Takayuki Umemoto
    • , Kango Kariyazono
    • , Shinji Kajimoto
    • , Hikaru Sotome
    • , Per Johnsson
    • , Markus S. Schöffler
    • , Gregor Kastirke
    • , Kuno Kooser
    • , Xiao-Jing Liu
    • , Theodor Asavei
    • , Liviu Neagu
    • , Serguei Molodtsov
    • , Kohei Ochiai
    • , Manabu Kanno
    • , Kaoru Yamazaki
    • , Shigeki Owada
    • , Kanade Ogawa
    • , Tetsuo Katayama
    • , Tadashi Togashi
    • , Kensuke Tono
    • , Makina Yabashi
    • , Aryya Ghosh
    • , Kirill Gokhberg
    • , Lorenz S. Cederbaum
    • , Alexander I. Kuleff
    • , Hiroshi Fukumura
    • , Naoki Kishimoto
    • , Artem Rudenko
    • , Catalin Miron
    • , Hirohiko Kono
    •  & Kiyoshi Ueda
  • Research | | open

    While cuprous oxide is a promising solar-to-fuel conversion material, photoelectrochemical devices substantially underperform. Here, the authors use femtosecond time-resolved two-photon photoemission spectroscopy to correlate photoexcited electron energetics and dynamics with performance losses.

    • Mario Borgwardt
    • , Stefan T. Omelchenko
    • , Marco Favaro
    • , Paul Plate
    • , Christian Höhn
    • , Daniel Abou-Ras
    • , Klaus Schwarzburg
    • , Roel van de Krol
    • , Harry A. Atwater
    • , Nathan S. Lewis
    • , Rainer Eichberger
    •  & Dennis Friedrich
  • Research | | open

    Lead halide perovskites attract high interest as semiconductor materials but their exceptional nonlinear properties have not been fully exploited. Here Fan et al. demonstrate third-order harmonic generation and 60-fold enhanced three-photon luminescence, enabling optical encoding applications.

    • Yubin Fan
    • , Yuhan Wang
    • , Nan Zhang
    • , Wenzhao Sun
    • , Yisheng Gao
    • , Cheng-Wei Qiu
    • , Qinghai Song
    •  & Shumin Xiao
  • Research |

    The reaction between an excited atom and a charged molecule has now been studied at low temperature and a reaction blockading effect has been observed that differs significantly from what is expected from standard chemical capture theory.

    • Prateek Puri
    • , Michael Mills
    • , Ionel Simbotin
    • , John A. Montgomery Jr
    • , Robin Côté
    • , Christian Schneider
    • , Arthur G. Suits
    •  & Eric R. Hudson

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Intersystem crossing plays a role in the mechanism of many reactive collisions between atomic species and organic molecules, and has been generally observed when the reactants are still approaching one another. Now, intersystem crossing has been observed to also occur after their initial interaction.

    • Luis Bañares
    Nature Chemistry 11, 103-104
  • News and Views |

    Magnetic or electric fields have long been used to align or orient atomic or molecular species in a molecular beam. Now, experiments in a merged beam apparatus show that an external magnetic field can be used to favour one particular reaction path.

    • Astrid Bergeat
    •  & Christian Naulin
    Nature Chemistry 10, 1177-1179
  • 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
  • News and Views |

    Tensile strain of a solid surface can result in either strengthening or weakening of bonds with adsorbates. Adsorption energies of different adsorbate/site combinations may be shifted in different directions — a striking violation of the Brønsted–Evans–Polanyi relation.

    • Jörg Weissmüller
    Nature Catalysis 1, 238-239
  • News and Views |

    The aqueous hydronium cation diffuses about twice as fast as the aqueous hydroxide anion in liquid water, but the origin of this behaviour has been unclear. Now, state-of-the-art simulations provide an explanation for this long-standing conundrum.

    • Ji Chen
    •  & Angelos Michaelides
    Nature Chemistry 10, 376-377