Chemical reactions, i.e., the omnipresent rearrangement of atoms into new molecules, have been a conundrum for scientists and engineers for many centuries. An understanding of the course of chemical reactions is required to improve for example the production of plastics and drugs or to prevent the destruction of the earth’s ozone layer. Scientists from the Institute of Physics at the University of Freiburg have now been able to decipher one of the most important chemical reaction classes in detail. This interdisciplinary project in which physicists and chemists worked together appears in the recent issue of Science. The scientists have been able to show that the substitution of atoms during the reaction process works in a different way than previously assumed.
Further infromation:Dr. Roland WesterDepartment of Atomic and Molecular Quantum DynamicsInstitute of Physics, University of FreiburgHermann-Herder-Str. 3a79104 FreiburgTel.: +49 (0)761/203-5815E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgProf. Dr. Matthias WeidemüllerTel.: +49 (0)761/2035740E-mail: email@example.com