Author Archives: Mark Peplow

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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C&EN: Protein could unlock new sources of rare-earth elements

Lanmodulin can extract and purify technology metals from electronic waste and coal ash.

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C&EN: Chain-link molecules form squishy crystals

A metal-organic framework built from catenanes is surprisingly elastic.

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Nature Biotechnology: Nanotechnology offers alternative ways to fight COVID-19 pandemic with antivirals

A new wave of funding focuses on antiviral nanomaterials as pandemic countermeasures.

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C&EN: Uranium nitride triple bond is surprisingly covalent

NMR spectroscopy reveals an outlier of actinide bonding and provides a convenient method to assess bonding in other metal-nitrogen complexes.

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C&EN: Aptamer-nanopore sensor detects only infectious viruses

DNA-based device might offer rapid COVID-19 test that is not fooled by dead virus.

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C&EN: Phospha-bora-Wittig reaction makes its debut

A new variant of the classic Wittig reaction offers a route to phosphaalkenes.

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