Wouldn't it be incredible to image catalytic reactions at the single molecule level? In order to examine the steps of a mechanism, one would simply look. In a recent issue of Organometallics, Prof. Suzanne A. Blum and coworkers report the single-molecule fluorescence microscopy imaging of individual palladium(II) complexes. These experimental results lay the fundamental groundwork for studying organometallic reaction chemistry at the single-molecule level.
Sunday, April 13, 2008