Scientists Measured the Mechanical Forces Applied to Break a Single Chemical Bond

Wouldn't it be nice if we could measure the mechanical forces applied in atoms at the moment of breakage? Thanks to today's technology, it has already been made possible.

Using a high-resolution atomic force microscope (AFM), researchers from Princeton University, the University of Texas-Austin, and ExxonMobil recorded the breaking of a single chemical bond between a carbon atom (which was from a carbon monoxide molecule) and an iron atom (from iron phthalocyanine). The findings could have applications for biochemistry, materials science, and energy technologies. The said findings were reported in a paper recently published in Nature Communications.

Now, scientists know the amount of force needed to break a single chemical bond.

Learn more about this study over at Princeton University.

(Image Credit: Pengcheng Chen et al.)

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(Image Credit: Pengcheng Chen et al. via Nature)

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