Can a carbon dioxide molecule be bent with metal atoms and converted into something chemically useful? How to influence the gas to make it more susceptible to chemical transformation? Studies on CO2, as well as structural analysis of proteins - such as pancreatic digestive enzymes - are enabled by analytical technique called mass spectrometry.
When the nucleus of the atom is excited, its shape can change for a very short period of time. Until now, this phenomenon has been observed in the most massive elements. Finally, however, the researchers - including Polish scientists - managed to observe the "second face" of a light nucleus.
Researchers have designed molecules that start spinning like helicopter rotors under the influence of UV light. Last year\'s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for research on molecular motors. Now it turns out that you can see this movement with your own eyes - under an optical microscope. This was achieved thanks to the work of a Polish researcher, among others.
How do window profiles and concrete age, do "organic" bags from shops actually degrade faster under the influence of sunlight, can the elements of the airborne structures withstand a thermal shock in the air - all this can be tested in a unique laboratory at Lodz University of Technology.
Researchers studying the meson decay in the LHCb experiment at CERN had hoped to find a crack in the current theory of the structure of matter - the Standard Model. Meanwhile - as if out of spite - the theory has again turned out to be surprisingly consistent with the experiment.
Four modern instruments for neutron research will soon come to the National Centre for Nuclear Research Świerk under the agreement between NCBJ and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. As a result, a modern lab will be established at the MARIA reactor, where experiments can be carried out by Polish and foreign scientists.