In the Tarnovsky lab are (from left) Alexander Tarnovsky, photochemical sciences, and students Darya Budkina, Christopher Hicks, Anna Eyzips and Veniamin Borin. Eyzips and Borin were involved in the Nature Chemical paper. Budkina and Hicks are continuing the research, but their names were not on the original paper. Student Sergey Matveev (not pictured) also made a major contribution to the project's continuation.
NEW BGSU RESEARCH IMPORTANT TO ATMOSPHERIC PHOTOCHEMISTRY
A BGSU photochemical sciences research team has shown that a new and unusual reaction path in chemistry occurs not only in the gas phase, but also in solution. According to Dr. Alexander N. Tarnovsky, the finding, which is important to atmospheric photochemistry, also establishes the direct link between chemical reactivity in the gas phase and in solution.
Tarnovsky and doctoral graduate assistants Andrey Mereschenko, Evgeniia V. Butaeva, Veniamin Borin and Anna Eyzips are the listed authors of a Nature Chemistry journal article about the finding.
“Dissociation, the process of breaking a chemical bond, lies at the heart of chemistry,” Tarnovsky said. Dissociation of molecular bromine is one of the key steps in ozone depletion chemistry, so establishing the connection between bromoform and bromine is important in atmospheric photochemistry, he explained.