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Chemical chameleon tamed: Researchers give floppy molecule a structure through solvent effects

by Physical Review Letters, Provided by Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum, phys.org last modified 03-18-13 03:19 AM
Chemical chameleon tamed: Researchers give floppy molecule a structure through solvent effects

Giving the “chameleon molecule" structure: Depending on how many H2 solvent molecules (blue) attach to the CH5+ molecule, the area in which the hydrogen atoms of the CH5+ molecule move changes (red). Credit: A. Witt, S. Ivanov, D. Marx

How you get the chameleon of the molecules to settle on a particular "look" has been discovered by RUB chemists led by Professor Dominik Marx. The molecule CH5+ is normally not to be described by a single rigid structure, but is dynamically flexible. By means of computer simulations, the team from the Centre for Theoretical Chemistry showed that CH5+ takes on a particular structure once you attach hydrogen molecules. "In this way, we have taken an important step towards understanding experimental vibrational spectra in the future", says Dominik Marx.  More...

http://phys.org/news/2013-03-chemical-chameleon-floppy-molecule-solvent.html

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