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  • A new proposal for the origin of asymmetry and, by extension, the origin of life uses spin-polarized electrons to induce enantioselective chemistry in the prebiotic world.

    • Stephanie Greed
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  • Incorporating cleavable bonds into polymers allows for their chemical recycling without the loss of their desirable plastic properties.

    • Stephanie Greed
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  • Flow chemistry provides a platform for the α-metallation and functionalization of tetrahydrofuran (THF).

    • Stephanie Greed
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  • As an alternative to fossil fuels for shipping, aviation and rocketry, high-energy polycyclopropanated fuels can be generated using a bacterial host.

    • Stacey-Lynn Paiva
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  • New synthetic methodology enables the formation of a fluorine-substituted benzene bioisostere: strained, saturated bicyclo[1.1.1]pentane.

    • Stephanie Greed
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  • Centrifugal force can be used to improve the alignment of block copolymer domains in a thin film.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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  • The use of molecular balances allows for dissecting competing solvent effects from hydrogen bonding interactions.

    • Stacey-Lynn Paiva
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  • Solid-state synthesis provides a route to more sustainable fertilizer.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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  • Boroles can be irradiated with light to form borapyramidanes. The two boron-containing structures are found to have a close chemical relationship.

    • Stephanie Greed
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  • The lower solvation of phenol at the air–water interface speeds up its photoionization.

    • Stacey-Lynn Paiva
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  • Convenient synthesis of planar-chiral rhodium catalysts enables asymmetrical C–H activation.

    • Stephanie Greed
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  • Protein structure and interactions can be characterized in cells using 19F NMR.

    • Stacey-Lynn Paiva
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  • Polyarylenes are now afforded through the cycloaromatization of isopropyl-substituted arenes on Au surfaces. The reaction mechanism is elucidated through computational and in situ scanning probe microscopy investigations.

    • Claire Ashworth
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  • Drying DNA with crystalline calcium phosphate can help boost its stability.

    • Stacey-Lynn Paiva
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  • Integrating bio- and chemocatalysis in one-pot enabled new reaction pathways to amides with broad substrate scope and enantioselectivity under mild conditions, building towards more sustainable chemistry.

    • Colette Whitfield
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  • A simple processing procedure enables the fabrication of biodegradable protein-based plastics with tunable properties.

    • Claire Ashworth
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  • By understanding the magnetic properties of purely organic thin films, opportunities are presented to employ new characteristics in myriad applications.

    • Colette Whitfield
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  • Glycosylation of proteins can stabilize folding intermediates and thus enable the total synthesis of correctly folded disulfide-rich proteins.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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  • Advanced 17O NMR methods can help distinguish oxygen atoms from different hydrogen-bonding environments in glucose.

    • Stacey-Lynn Paiva
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  • A rearrangement reaction — a classic of traditional organic synthesis — has been applied to a polymer, enabling conversion of a polyester to a vinyl polymer.

    • Stephen G. Davey
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