Author Archives: Mark Peplow

Nature Biotechnology: Click chemistry targets antibody-drug conjugates for the clinic

Bioorthogonal chemistry, already a workhorse of drug discovery research, prepares for the leap into human testing.

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C&EN: Fishing uranium from the ocean with a spider-silk line

Artificial fiber extracts more uranium from seawater, and does it more quickly, than rival materials.

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C&EN: Solvent steers chiral synthesis

(R)-limonene gives polymer a right-handed twist so it can serve as a chiral scaffold for a metal catalyst.

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C&EN: Light gives enzyme a radical new role

Chemists redeploy reductase enzyme to form lactam rings.

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C&EN: Magnet doubles hydrogen yield from water splitting

Aligning the spin states of oxygen intermediates overcomes a bottleneck in electrolysis.

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C&EN: Prohibited CFC production pinpointed to northeast China

Region’s emissions of ozone-depleting trichlorofluoromethane rose sharply over past decade.

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C&EN: Electrified reactor could slash climate impact of industrial hydrogen production

Replacing gas combustion with renewable electricity to heat steam-methane reformers would cut global CO2 emissions.

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C&EN: Living cells don nanoparticle armor

Tough coatings protect cells and augment them with magnetism and fluorescence for possible biotech applications.

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C&EN: MOFBOTS could carry drugs to specific targets in the body

Swimming corkscrew robots fitted with cargo-carrying crystals.

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Nature Reviews Chemistry: Women’s work

Academic chemistry is haemorrhaging talented female researchers. However, a barrage of new initiatives aims to stem the flood.

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