Category Archives: Highlights

C&EN: Tandem catalyst converts propane to propylene

Nanoparticles unite platinum and indium oxide catalysts for better yields at lower temperature.

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C&EN: Pesticide breakdown products found in hundreds of US streams

Extensive environmental survey of pesticides and their transformation products reveals potential for hidden toxicity.

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C&EN: Which air purification technologies can tackle COVID-19?

Air-cleaning devices that claim to remove SARS-CoV-2 have hit shelves, backed by varying levels of data.

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C&EN: Europium reveals billion-year pause in mountain formation

Chemical anomalies in zircons highlight hidden geology of the Proterozoic’s ‘boring billion,’ a time of evolutionary stasis.

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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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