Fizzy extraction brings out semivolatile compounds

C&EN – Extracting semivolatile compounds with carbon dioxide bubbles reduces the need for heat and solvents.

New liquid-liquid approach allows catalytic reactions to go with the flow

C&EN – Emulsions immobilized within columns turn biphasic catalysis into a continuous process.

Grinding chemicals together in an effort to be greener

New York Times – Milling, or grinding chemicals together without a solvent, could outperform established methods and yet be safe and simple enough for an inexperienced eighth grader to do.


Ensia – Smoldering peat gives off massive quantities of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, but the search for solutions is on.

Ligands could help recycle nuclear waste

C&EN – Robust nitrogen-based ligands bind selectively to actinides and separate them for potential reuse in nuclear fuel.

Mixed-up metals make for stronger, tougher, stretchier alloys

Nature – Materials scientists are creating next-generation mixtures with remarkable properties.

Uphill climb for biogas in Asia

C&EN – Despite strong governmental support, the renewable energy source faces technological challenges before it can take hold.

The nanolight revolution is coming

Nature – Virus-sized particles that fluoresce in every colour could revolutionize applications from television displays to cancer treatment.

Unusual molecules shine light on new applications

New York Times – A chemist’s journey to develop a new class of light-emitting molecules opens up a world of applications.

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