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The search for the grand unification of aromaticity


Researchers have been trying to find a full definition of aromaticity for almost two centuries, and yet keep discovering new types. Katrina Krämer asks when chemists will get to the bottom of this elusive concept. 

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What is aromaticity?


Assessing a concept that has become messy

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Industry tightens emissions reduction targets


As COP26 approaches, many firms are announcing ambitious climate goals. But are they achievable?

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Pfizer backs protein degrader drugs with Arvinas deal


$1bn investment to commercialise breast cancer treatment

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Fatal chemical leak at a Texas chemicals facility


What caused 45 tonnes of a mixture including acetic acid to be released at La Porte, US, killing 2 and hospitalising 30, remains unclear

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Reliability of researcher metric the h-index is in decline


Productivity and citation impact tool is no longer an effective measure of scientific reputation, according to new analysis

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Deadly explosion and fire at chemicals park in Germany


At least 2 dead and 31 injured when an explosion led to a solvent tank fire in Leverkusen

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China unveils new measures to boost the number of women in science


Government announces plans to remove the career barriers women face in research

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Metal sandwich stabilises first benzene triplet-state aromatic


Benzene diradical dianion is the first monocyclic molecule that’s Baird aromatic in the ground state

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Levitating glass bead closes in on quantum mechanic’s fundamental limit


Two different methods track position and speed of an ultracold glass sphere with a precision that comes close to the limit set by Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle

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Observing the life and death of a single excited-state molecule


Individual pentacene’s triplet lifetime – and how it is cut short by a nearby oxygen – measured with atomic resolution

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Transient spectroscopy sheds light on elusive photoredox process


Study confirms mechanism of sensitisation-initiated electron transfer reaction following extended debate

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Chloride ion central to first synthesis of a siladodecahedrane


Three-step synthesis creates a platonic solid out of silicon

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One hundred years of insulin


Mike Sutton looks at the journey the diabetes treatment took from the Toronto miracle to mass-production – via a controversial trip to Stockholm

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The long road to sustainable lithium-ion batteries


Lithium-ion batteries could save the planet from petrol-driven cars, but do the batteries themselves live up to their sustainable reputation? Katharine Sanderson investigates efforts to make batteries better

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Supermetals versus superbugs


With pathogenic bacteria rapidly overcoming our arsenal of organic antibiotics, James Mitchell Crow asks if it is time to revisit metal-based antimicrobials

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The rise of ferrofluids


Magnetic liquids are taking off, Hayley Bennett reports, but not as their inventor once imagined

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