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Chemists Create The First Of A New Class Of Catalysts To Handle Big Molecules

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November 19, 1999
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Arizona State University
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A team of chemists working at Arizona State University has designed and synthesized the first stable example of an important new class of materials that are expected to be of special use as catalysts. The new material, and other materials that can now be created following its model, should be useful in isolating and modifying molecules that previously known catalysts have not been able to handle, particularly larger molecules.

Chemistry may not grab the kind of headlines that computers do, but it's what makes modern life happen, from gasoline to plastics to the material of computer chips. Chemical catalysts are special molecules that encourage chemical processes and are one of the most critical components of our technological culture. These chemical movers and shakers are the unsung heroes of our chemistry-based civilization.


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Arizona State University. (1999, November 19). Chemists Create The First Of A New Class Of Catalysts To Handle Big Molecules. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/11/991119075722.htm
Arizona State University. "Chemists Create The First Of A New Class Of Catalysts To Handle Big Molecules." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/11/991119075722.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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