A basic rule of chemistry could be broken. Calculations suggest atoms can bond with their inner shells too

We’ve all followed the principles of the atoms reacting using their outermost shells, from GCSE, up to A Level chemistry, where I’m currently looking at theory just like this, and beyond into the higher scientific domain. However, scientists at the University of California have calculated that, under extremely high pressure, about 30 gigapascals, atoms could react using their inner shells. These theories are yet to be tested in labs, however they could change the way we look at chemistry if proven to be true.

Full details can be found at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=chemical-bonds-inner-shell-electrons

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