Author Archives: Mark Peplow

C&EN: Glionitrins synthesized for the first time

Asymmetric organocatalysis forges tricky carbon-sulfur bond in antibacterial and anticancer molecules.

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C&EN: Bismuth binds peptides to make bioactive bicycles

Metal-thiol complexes offer simpler way to screen bicyclic peptides.

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C&EN: Iodine thruster makes space debut

New ion drive offers cheaper, more compact alternative to traditional xenon-based thrusters.

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C&EN: Californium complex offers bonding insights

Unusually orange crystal contains a californium-carbon bond that is largely ionic.

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C&EN: A simply smashing ammonia synthesis

Mechanochemistry may offer greener way to unite nitrogen and hydrogen to make key fertilizer ingredient.

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ACS Central Science: Unlocking the Lanthanome

The discovery of bacteria that depend on lanthanides is providing new ways to detect and extract these crucial metals.

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C&EN: Halogenated azidopyridines fill gap in click chemistry toolbox

Handled with care, the compounds could be useful building blocks for medicinal chemistry.

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C&EN: Hydrogel battery could power bio-implants

Small lithium-ion battery is as soft as human tissue.

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C&EN: Reactor converts methane to heavier hydrocarbons without forming CO₂

A scaled up version of the process could help to curb methane venting and flaring at remote oil sites.

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C&EN: Graphene transistor detects SARS-CoV-2 in less than a minute

Device uses DNA probes to identify COVID-19 virus RNA with speed and high sensitivity.

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