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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and the University of Hawaii have uncovered the first step in the process that transforms gas-phase molecules into solid particles like soot and other carbon-based compounds. This image offers a graphical representation of the chemistry in the early stages of soot formation. The mechanism to the right was demonstrated by experiment, while the one on the left was not. (Credit: Dorian Parker, University of Hawaii)

Learn more in the press release "Up in Flames: Evidence Confirms Combustion Theory."

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