Volume 90 Issue 49 | p. 32 | Concentrates
Issue Date: December 3, 2012

X-Ray Vision For Mechanochemical Mills

Chemists use X-ray diffraction to monitor chemical milling reactions in real time
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: mechanochemistry, ball mill, milling, X-ray diffraction, zeolitic imidazolate frameworks, ZIFs

Applying mechanical force, such as grinding in a ball mill, is one way to carry out a chemical transformation. But it’s tough to monitor such mechanochemical reactions in real time. Researchers led by Tomislav Friščić of McGill University, in Montreal, have now found a way to do it by in situ powder X-ray diffraction of mixtures in operating chemical milling reactors (Nat. Chem., DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1505). In the past, scientists’ main . . .

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