Lighting the way to switch chemical reaction pathways—30 November 2017

Australian Research Council (ARC) researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), along with Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Belgium’s Ghent University, have pioneered a system that modulates visible, coloured light to change the reactions of a powerful chemical coupling agent.

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Barner-Kowollik, from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, and Ghent University’s Professor Filip Du Prez co-supervised the collaborative international research project. Lead author Hannes Houck is conducting PhD studies across the three partner institutions, supported by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO).

Professor Barner-Kowollik said the ability to use visible light as a remote-controlled on/off chemical reaction switch opened up possibilities for future industry applications in chemical and advanced manufacturing, including computer chip fabrication.

Their findings have been published in Nature Communications.

Media issued by QUT.


Image: Researchers from QUT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Ghent University have pioneered a system that modulates visible, coloured light to change the reactions of a powerful chemical coupling agent. Their findings have been published in Nature Communications.
Source: QUT Media

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017