Author Archives: Mark Peplow

C&EN: Biorefinery turns birch wood into renewable chemicals

Lignin breakdown produces phenol and propylene, offering a low-carbon alternative to fossil-fuel-based processes.

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C&EN: Zeolite membrane finds holey purpose in methanol synthesis

Porous sodium aluminosilicate separates water from gases in high-temperature reaction.

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C&EN: Boron makes quadruple bond with rhodium

RhB is the first diatomic molecule with a four-fold bond to boron.

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C&EN: Porphyrin wheel sets record as largest aromatic ring

With 162 delocalized electrons, giant ring has global aromaticity.

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C&EN: Rhodium photocatalyst does double duty to generate hydrogen

Air-stable complex uses light to catalyze production of solar fuel.

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C&EN: Mechanoacid polymer signals a smash hit

Stress-induced acid formation shows location and timing of damage.

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C&EN: Carbon capture drives metal purification

Amine teams up with carbon dioxide to isolate metals from mixtures, offering economic incentive to trap greenhouse gas emissions.

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C&EN: Northvolt is building a future for greener batteries

Swedish firm aims to feed a booming electric vehicle market with more-sustainable lithium-ion batteries.

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C&EN: Nickel catalyst fends off air attack

Air-stable complex offers a more convenient approach to coupling reactions.

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Nature Index: Brexit shadow hangs over EU partnerships

Uncertainty about the United Kingdom’s role in EU science is damaging research networks.

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