In my advanced Chemistry classes I was thought that bases are substances that can donate electron pairs. Acids on the other hand, are substances that can accept them. Acids and bases where polar opposites. That was the law. Well, not anymore. I say that because of revelations like this one:
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have accomplished in the lab what until now was considered impossible: transform a family of compounds which are acids into bases.
As our chemistry lab sessions have taught us, acids are substances that taste sour and react with metals and bases (bases are the chemical opposite of acids). For example, compounds of the element boron are acidic while nitrogen and phosphorus compounds are basic.
The research, reported in the July 29 issue of Science, makes possible a vast array of chemical reactions – such as those used in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, manufacturing new materials, and research academic institutions.
“The result is totally counterintuitive,” said Guy Bertrand, a distinguished professor of chemistry, who led the research. “When I presented preliminary results from this research at a conference recently, the audience was incredulous, saying this was simply unachievable. But we have achieved it. We have transformed boron compounds into nitrogen-like compounds. In other words, we have made acids behave like bases.”
That is just f-ing unbelievable. Science doesn’t stand still. What’s golden today, may no longer be so tomorrow. It’s why I get seriously pissed at the settled science by consensus types. What’s next? Someone gonna figure out a way to reverse gravity?