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NSF Center For The Mechanical Control Of Chemistry Named $20 Million Phase II Center For Chemical Innovation

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Students in Texas A&M's 2023 “Smash Chemistry” STEM camp use a luminescent polymer to study how forces are distributed in a mechanochemical reactor. | Image: Courtesy of Dr. James D. Batteas

Check out the latest publication from the NSF CMCC in Science Magazine: Acceleraton of Diels-Alder Reactions by Mechanical Distortion.

(DOI: 10.1126/science.adf5273)

Fig. 1. Force-activated Diels-Alder reactions on anthracene monolayers.

(A) Diels-Alder cycloaddition reaction between anthracenes immobilized onto SiO2 surfaces and dienophiles under applied force. (B) Structures of dienophiles AlkMalMAcr, and Acr. (C) (i) Elastomeric tip arrays transfer an ink mixture (red coating), consisting of a dienophile and PEG, onto an anthracene-modified surface. The tip arrays are tilted so that different forces are applied by the tips at different locations across the surface. Thick arrows indicate areas of the tip array that exert high force, and thin arrows indicate areas that exert low force. (ii) Upon contact with the surface, the tips form nanoreactors, (iii) where forces are applied that accelerate the Diels-Alder cycloaddition reactions. (iv) After washing the surface, only covalently bound molecules remain on the surface

Yerzhan Zholdassov at City University of New York discusses new insights into solvent-free mechanical chemistry in the June 8, 2023

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Congratulations to our CMCC team member, Sayan Banerjee who is a June, 2023 recipient of the American Chemical Society Chemical Computing Group (CCG) Research Excellence Award for Graduate Students.

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CMCC REU student, Kueyoung Kim, earns 1st Place for his research poster: "Using Shear Stress to Drive Diels-Alder Cycloaddition" on Oct. 6, 2022.

Kueyong Kim 
				   Research Poster Award

Kueyoung Kim's poster presentation at the Penn State's Eberly College of Science Undergraduate Poster Session represents his work this summer studying mechanochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania with Professor R.W. Carpick and postdoc Dr. Pranjal Nautiyal.

Kueyoung Kim (3rd person from the right)

C&EN News reports: "Mechanochemists want to shake up industrial chemistry"

The Science History Institute in partnership with Google Arts & Culture present Mechanochemistry: The Science of Crush

Mechanochemistry dates back to antiquity, and is one of the oldest forms of carrying out chemical transformations. The application of force by the mechanical grinding and mixing of materials helps drive chemical reactions.

Recently mechanochemistry has been seeing a major resurgence due to the increased interest in developing greener and more sustainable means for doing chemistry.

This digital exhibit is the first of a series being developed to explore the history and future of mechanochemistry. We give you a snapshot into the historical origins of mechanochemistry as well as a sneak peek into where it is going. We hope you enjoy it!

Mechanochemistry: The Science of Crush Exhibit photo