Author: Kevin Reed
B.S. Chemical Engineering from New Mexico Tech. Current ChemE PhD student at UT Austin, focusing on synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. Aside from music, science education is one of my greatest passions and I hope to share fascinating topics with the world through platforms like Chembites.

Printing Carbon Nanotube Patterns Using Electron Beams

Carbon nanotubes have material properties straight out of a science fiction novel. Yet, it is still difficult to assemble carbon nanotubes into organized structures where the science fiction-like properties can really shine. Discover what researchers are doing to solve this problem!

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Set phasers to stun: Accelerating chemical reactions with precise IR laser pulses

Heating a chemical reaction to accelerate the reaction rate is like setting phasers to kill, it may get the job done but it’s certainly not the most elegant or effective method. What if you could provide just enough energy to break the appropriate bonds and control exact product outcomes without wasting energy?

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Patterning World Flags and More with DNA

Using similar principles to those that guide embryos in early development to form different organs and tissues, this research could lead to artificial objects that are capable of patterning themselves into many different complex structures.

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A Simple Approach for Developing Inexpensive and Sustainable Metal Catalysts

In order to keep catalyst-based industries sustainable and profitable, new catalysts need to be developed that utilize inexpensive, earth-abundant materials. The authors here present a novel method for easily forming stable earth-abundant metal catalysts, which are inexpensive and sustainable alternatives to precious-metal catalysts.

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Using Biology to Harness the Power of Fluorine Chemistry

What comes to mind when you think of fluorine? The sodium fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash is the typical, everyday example that most people think of, but fluorine plays a large role in many other compounds. Pure fluorine is a highly reactive and poisonous gas, while fluorinated compounds are incredibly stable, fairly nontoxic, and used in many real-life applications.

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