I personally think this is one of the greatest milestones in chemistry. For decades, physicists have seen chemical reactions, and then determined how that chemical reaction was made through the movements and reorganizations of atom bonds through mathematics and the knowledge of the elements. However, no one has ever really seen the actual atoms change their form – until now.
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab were working on a new method of making graphene, when they caught the carbon and hydrogen atoms before, after, and during the process of re-bonding into a new structure. For more information, and to read more about graphene, click here.