Texas A&M chemistry Ph.D. student and Batteas Laboratory member Nate Hawthorne, working on force-driven chemical reactions on graphene. (Credit: James D. Batteas / CMCC.)

New NSF Center to Explore Novel Methods of Chemical Synthesis Through Mechanochemistry

Aug 04, 2020
“Mechanochemistry is where chemistry and mechanics meet. By compressing or grinding molecules between surfaces, the forces applied can actually help drive reactions between the molecules. This can be used to carry out reactions at low temperatures and without solvents, reducing chemical waste. While this can be a very efficient way of doing chemistry, the outcomes are often unpredictable. In some cases, materials can even be formed that cannot be made through traditional methods, and this of course makes us ask, why and how do we take advantage of that? This is where the CMCC comes in — to bridge the knowledge gap that previously has impeded this from becoming an enabling technology for the chemistry community.”
Dr. James D. Batteas, Texas A&M chemist