matrix isolation

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matrix isolation

[′mā·triks ‚i·sə′lā·shən]
(spectroscopy)
A spectroscopic technique in which reactive species can be characterized by maintaining them in a very cold, inert environment while they are examined by an absorption, electron-spin resonance, or laser excitation spectroscope.
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Kazuo Nakamoto pioneered the use of metal isotopes to elucidate the involvement of metals in low-frequency vibrations in metallic complexes and was among the first to use matrix isolation techniques to prepare and characterize unstable specie.

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