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Chemistry is magical

Series : Image and science

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  00:26:00  2003  Color  Sound

Scientists from the Centre de recherches Paul Pascal in Bordeaux and the Laboratoire Matière molle et chimie in Paris describe the sometimes surprising behavior of matter.
Oscillating chemical reactions take the form of variations in the colors of a solution or the propagation of a wave front.
They sometimes suggest analogies with certain processes in living matter. "Soft matter" includes very varied items (toothpaste, cement, plaster, printing ink, etc.), characterized by the capacity to flow despite some degree of rigidity.
Other phenomena studied by these chemists are the damping and de-damping of surfaces and the disentangling of long molecules such as polymers.

Associate producer : Flight Movie
Coproducer : CNRS Images Média
Participation : France 5CNC
Executive producer : Flight Movie
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation d'extraits du film "La physique du coin de table".
Interventions en son direct. Musique.
PersonnalitiesDULOS Etiennette(Centre de recherche Paul Pascal, CNRS); de KEPPER Patrick(Centre de recherches Paul Pascal, CNRS); CLOITRE Michel(Lab. Matière molle et chimie, CNRS); MONTI Fabrice(Lab. Matière molle et chimie, CNRS); GENNES Pierre-Gilles de(Lab. physique des fluides organisés, CNRS); BROCHARD Françoise(Institut Curie)
Date of broadcasting15/10/2000 (France 5)
NotesP.G. de Gennes : prix Nobel de physique.



Technical Sheet
Item No.1100
PublicTeaching ; Large audience
Original SupportVideo DV Cam
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportBeta SP