Physicists discovered and imaged a single-atom catalyst that breaks carbon-fluorine bonds. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Single atoms can break one of the strongest chemical bonds - science news headlines in brief

One of the strongest chemical bounds know is the carbon-fluorine bond. An international team of scientists just discovered that this bound can be broken using single atoms of platinum.

The platinum atoms work as an efficient catalyst for breaking the carbon-fluorine bonds. Using an advanced transmission electron microscope (TEM) scientists were able to visualize their new catalyst and assess its performance.

The discovery is an important step for environmental decontamination and chemical synthesis.

Read the full story: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Scientific publication: ACS Catalysis