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  • Bubbling up: Previously hidden environmental impact of bursting bubbles exposed in new study

    Portrait of the researchers observing a laboratory experiment

    In a new study, mechanical science and engineering professor Jie Feng, left, graduate student Zhengyu Yang and postdoctoral researcher Bingqiang Ji used high-speed photography to demonstrate the mechanism that allows bursting bubbles to transport organic material, such as contaminants and microbes, into the atmosphere.

    Photo by Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Jie Feng, call 217-300-1952; email

    The paper “Compound jetting from bubble bursting at an air-oil-water interface” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-26382-w.