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Modern alchemists are making chemistry greener

June 14, 2018

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Modern alchemists are trying to replace precious metals with greener, cheaper alternatives. Princeton University Chemistry Professor Paul Chirik and his team have synthesized an epilepsy medication using one-electron oxidation that replaces rhodium and dichloromethane with the much greener cobalt and methanol. "Earth-abundant catalysts [can] not only replace the precious metal ones, but they offer distinct advantages," said Chirik, including "new chemistry that no one's ever seen before."Full Story

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