Basu group research featured in Chemical & Engineering News
Research on baseball chemistry performed by Dr. Soumitra Basu's group was recently mentioned in Chemical & Engineering News. Basu and former graduate student Nathan Beals, among additional group members, used scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis to determine if the composition of newer baseballs differed from older baseballs, hypothesizing this could be a factor in the recent increase of home runs. Ultimately, the research showed the newer baseballs contained about 10% less silicon and were more porous than older baseballs.
The original article, "Physicochemical Investigation into Major League Baseballs in the Era of Unprecedented Rise in Home Runs," can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6893942/.
Chemical & Engineering News coverage of this research can be found at https://cen.acs.org/materials/Changes-baseball-chemistry-contribute-rise/97/web/2019/12.