A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales has discovered a new way of producing music using a chemical reaction that uses the oxygen isotope oxygen.
They’ve published their results in the journal Science.
The team was inspired by the famous book ‘The Secret of the Air’ by the author Charles Dickens, who was a keen musician and the first person to write about the use of oxygen in music production.
They studied the reaction of an oxygen atom with oxygen and carbon dioxide.
“There is a fundamental difference between the two, and that difference is that oxygen is a chemical, whereas carbon dioxide is a biological one,” said co-author Dr James Gannon.
“The process of turning a chemical into an electrical current is quite different from the process of creating sound.”
So, we wanted to make the process easier for scientists and engineers to understand, and to understand how we could actually produce music using it.
“The research was based on the work of Dr James R. Hulsey, a postdoctoral researcher at the University’s School of Chemical and Materials Science.”
It’s an exciting time in music, as we now have more and more data on how the body is doing all these processes,” he said.”
I think the new findings will have an impact on our understanding of how music works in the body, as well as the chemistry of how the human body responds to various drugs, chemicals, and stressors.
“The researchers used a reaction called the oxidation-reduction reaction to convert the hydrogen atom in an oxygen molecule into a carbon dioxide atom.”
But we also need to remove the oxygen atom and the carbon atom, and the process becomes even simpler because the oxygen atoms are not removed.”””
When you take a chemical like oxygen, you can make carbon dioxide in the reaction and the reaction becomes even more complex because the carbon dioxide atoms have to be removed from the reaction before they can be used again.”
But we also need to remove the oxygen atom and the carbon atom, and the process becomes even simpler because the oxygen atoms are not removed.””
So we were able to get it to look at a single atom and actually convert that single carbon atom to a new, different carbon atom.
“The team found that the reaction required the oxidation of the carbon, leaving behind a carbon molecule.”
We did it with a catalyst that reacts with a specific molecule, and then we made the reaction that’s required for the reaction,” Dr Gannon said.
Dr Hulseys said that the chemical reaction was easier to perform in an automated way than using a reaction that involves chemical reactions.”
You can control the reaction a lot more, so you can have different reactions to choose from,” he explained.”
Now, if you do it in a machine, you get very limited control, and it’s harder to understand the chemical processes.
“Dr Hulsley said that a key challenge was to get a reaction to work for all of the oxygen in the air, but that was a challenge the team had solved.”
All we need is a catalyst to make this reaction, and a catalyst we could test to see whether it worked,” he added.”
And then you can start making this new chemical.
“Dr Gannon was not involved in the research.