Author Archives: Mark Peplow

C&EN: Milder synthesis takes the pressure off carbon-based nanothreads

Using furan as a starting material boosts production of diamond-like polymers.

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C&EN: Einsteinium complex isolated

Experiments using scant nanograms of element 99 lead to first measurement of an einsteinium bond length.

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C&EN: Diamonds really are forever

At pressures five times greater than at the Earth’s core, diamond still retains its usual structure.

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C&EN: Catalyst boosts prospects for fuel-cell vehicles

Platinum-molybdenum carbide spurs water-gas shift reaction, solving catalyst poisoning problem.

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C&EN: Surface swabbing helps researchers get a handle on COVID-19 cases

Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 on high-contact surfaces could enable community surveillance to preempt outbreaks.

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C&EN: Light-powered hydrogen sensor plays it cool

Sensitive chip uses palladium-decorated titanium dioxide to detect traces of flammable gas at room temperature.

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C&EN: Can the UK’s ambitious Operation Moonshot screening program for COVID-19 achieve liftoff?

Researchers question accuracy of rapid antigen tests and criticize government’s lack of transparency in multibillion-pound program.

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C&EN: Cheaper cryo-EM on the horizon

Thermo Fisher hopes $1 million microscope could broaden access to microscopy method used to determine protein structures.

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C&EN: Oxidant may offer a boost to greener rockets

An alternative to polluting ammonium perchlorate shows promise as a propellant ingredient.

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C&EN: How one university built a COVID-19 screening system

Campus testing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holds important lessons about the strengths and limitations of routine testing regimen.

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