From the press release:
A team of researchers has captured the dynamics of how a ring-shaped molecule opens and unfurls in an ultra-high speed “molecular movie.” This is the first time a chemical reaction has been imaged at the molecular level with such short time scales. The research could serve as a basis for understanding similar reactions involved in a wide variety of chemical processes. Read the full press release.
Congratulations to the article authors, including Prof. Weber and graduate students James Budarz and Brian Stankus.