An international team of scientists used the FELIX cryogenic ion trap apparatus FELion to map in detail how negative ions bind to hydrogen molecules and have presented a precise quantum mechanical description. The results are published in the Journal of Chemical Physics and the article is featured on the cover.
Take a look inside our building on the campus of Radboud University via a 360 degree virtual tour. You can zoom in on all the machinery and equipment. In short videos the staff tells you more about the instruments and the research performed.
Researchers found that at extremely low temperatures hydrochloric acid sometimes releases its proton, depending on the order in which the water and hydrochloric acid molecules are brought together. This is crucial for understanding how more complex chemical molecules form in space.