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Common elements, uncommon chemistry

Bruce Gibb suggests that chemists can play a central role in democratizing access to energy by focusing on common elements.

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Gibb, B.C. Common elements, uncommon chemistry. Nat. Chem. 14, 843–844 (2022).

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