A new way of catalysing-speeding up- chemical reactions has been developed by applying an electric field between the reacting molecules. This opens the door for the fabrication of chemical compounds, used in pharmaceutical products and materials, in a fast and cheaper way. The reaction studied was a classical Diels-Alder reaction that was promoted by applying an oriented electric field between two nano-electrodes containing the reacting molecules. This novel nano-chemical synthesis approach involves joining individual molecules to create new molecular backbones just like snapping “Legos” together, and might lead us to more efficient methods for the synthesis of challenging chemical compounds.
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