Beyond the Elements: Reactions

February 03, 2021

Check out the U of MN's role in helping to feed the world in this exciting segment, featured on PBS by NOVA. Forward to 15:20 for some familiar U of MN faces and landmarks, including the WCROC Ammonia Pilot Plant and wind turbines.

Just about every solid, liquid, or gas in the world as we know it begins with reactions between individual atoms and molecules. Host David Pogue dives into the transformative world of chemical reactions, from the complex formula that produces cement to the single reaction that’s allowed farmers to feed a global population by the billions—a reaction that when reversed, unleashes the powerful chemistry of high explosives.

Watch the streamlined episode on PBS.