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Patrick Gunning has been awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Medicinal Chemistry. This is his first CRC, and was one of 15 awarded at the University of Toronto!
New synthetic methods promise to be greener, safer and cheaper in drug and perfume production
Science Magazine has reported on a series of techniques to create iron-based catalysts developed by Bob Morris and his team. They have substituted iron in place of the rare elements of ruthenium, rhodium, palladium and platinum traditionally used in the design of the catalysts. Morris explained, "There is a research effort world-wide to make chemical processes more sustainable and green, by replacing the rare, expensive and potentially toxic elements used in hydrogenation, catalytic converters in cars, fuel cells for the efficient conversion of chemical energy into electricity, and silicone coatings, with abundant ions such as iron."
To read more, visit: http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/main/newsitems/iron-based-catalysts
Nanoscale imaging of vibrational absorbances of BN nanotubes with phase controlled near-field spectroscopy. Apertureless near-field infrared microscopy reveals structural inhomogeneity with nanometer spatial resolution. Homodyne phase control is the key to obtain the absorptive profile in near-field scattering. The data suggest that multiwall boron nitride nanotubes exhibit separations between sheets that vary along their lengths.
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