Then there’s “Elemental Burning,” which offers a close-up view of the real-time combustion of five elements: carbon, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sulfur.
“Even though elements are the simplest forms of matter,” Zhu said, “the combustion reactions of each element is very unique and full of interesting transformations.”
Liang hopes that the Envisioning Chemistry project will ultimately attract new scientists to the field.
“To some students, chemistry can be a boring subject depending on how it is taught,” he said. “By showing the beauty of chemical reactions through visually engaging videos, we hope students will have a second thought about chemistry, and hopefully fall in love with it.”
Liang said his group's efforts to attract new talent to the field of chemistry is ultimately a practical matter — and maybe even urgent.
“Since many tough problems like climate change, energy, and pollution will need bright chemists to solve them in the near future,” he said, “it is important to get more kids excited about chemistry now.”