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Simulations show that molecules stuck to a platinum surface lose their separate identities. In the latter half of the simulation, when more realistic factors are taken into account, it becomes difficult to tell which Hydrogen atoms (small silver spheres) are associated with which Oxygen atoms (red spheres).
Reporters may freely use this video. Credit format: Video courtesy of Dr. Xin-Zheng Li, Dr. Matthew I. J. Probert, Dr. Ali Alavi and Prof. Angelos Michaelides (2011).
Molecules dance on a cold metal surface.