Monday, March 19, 2012

>Surprising New Kind of Proton Transfer<

When a proton -- the bare nucleus of a hydrogen atom -- transfers from one molecule to another, or moves within a molecule, the result is a hydrogen bond, in which the proton and another atom like nitrogen or oxygen share electrons. Conventional wisdom has it that proton transfers can only happen using hydrogen bonds as conduits, "proton wires" of hydrogen-bonded networks that can connect and reconnect to alter molecular properties.

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