Issue Date: November 20, 2017
Microdroplets rev up chemical reactions
Electrospray ionization (ESI) is best known as a way to introduce chemical compounds and mixtures into mass spectrometers. The machines apply a voltage to a stream of liquid containing a sample, creating an aerosol of charged, microsized droplets that then fly into the detector for analysis.
But what ESI might one day be just as well-known for is as a tool to accelerate chemical reactions, enabling scientists to test out catalysts, reagents, and conditions faster . . .
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