Ushering in a New Chemical Age

1986

Chemist and Nobel Laureate John Polanyi researched a specific category of chemical reactions that were crucial to developing and powering chemical lasers. Polanyi himself focused on curiosity-driven research, creating the theoretical framework that showed that chemical lasers were possible.

The University of Toronto professor’s work, though, has had tremendous practical implications. Chemical lasers operate at very high energy levels, and their powerful beams are used for precise industrial cutting and drilling.

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