Algorithms and lasers tame chemical reactivity

Researchers have developed an algorithm for photochemistry, bringing the burgeoning field a step closer to the goal of using different colours of light like a switch to activate a range of different chemical reactions in one single material.

A QUT research team, consisting of PhD student Jan Philipp Menzel, Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik and Associate Professor James Blinco, along with Dr Benjamin Noble of RMIT, have published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

In their study, Predicting Wavelength-Dependent Photochemical Reactivity and Selectivity, the researchers have outlined a predictive tool so that scientists can predetermine how much light is needed to produce certain outcomes of photochemical reactions.

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