What causes transition metal ions to absorb wavelengths from visible light (causing color) whereas non-transition metal ions don’t?
Well first off a few basic things. The size of the energy gap between 2 d orbitals differs with each transition metal and it’s oxidation state. Also, each wavelength of light has a particular energy associated with it. Your eye sees the complimentary color of whichever energy (and in turn wavelength and color) can promote one electron from the lower d orbital, through the gap, and to the higher orbital. Click through the picture for a more in-depth explanation!
really pretty : )
my apologies, I don’t like chemistry cat
In his project Acides Aminés (trans. Amino Acids), artist Christian Gozenbach writes “Looking for life” and “Where is God” in a colorful and sculptural molecular font.
I would pay good money for this! Science art never ceases to amaze me.
I mean aside from saying Fluorine is Fl, this is pretty funny.