Issue Date: December 8, 2014
A Better Measure Of Van der Waals Forces
Van der Waals interactions are attractive forces that arise from fluctuations in electron distribution. Such forces are weak and difficult to study experimentally. Nevertheless, they are critical to many areas of chemistry, such as in molecular self-assembly and material adhesion. A team led by Christian Wagner of Germany’s Jülich Research Center has measured for the first time the long-range van der Waals force between molecules and a surface (Nat. Commun. 2014, DOI: . . .
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