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  • Environmentally friendly production of mandelic acid

    Sometimes potentially useful enzymes are not easy to discover because their biocatalytic capabilities may go beyond their natural and thus known range of action. By recombining a newly discovered enzymatic capability, a research team from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology led by more

  • Scientists convert plastics into useful chemicals using sunlight

    Chemists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered a method that could turn plastic waste into valuable chemicals by using sunlight. In lab experiments, the research team mixed plastics with their catalyst in a solvent, which allows the solution to harness light more

  • Duplicate or mirror? Laser light determines chirality of molecules

    Seven of the ten most frequent medications contain chiral agents. These are molecules that occur in right- or left-handed forms. During chemical synthesis both forms usually occur in equal parts and have to be separated afterward, because chirality determines the agent’s effect in the body. Physicis more

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Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

Honey is something of an oddity, in that, unlike most foods, it doesn’t spoil over time. In fact, the oldest known sample of honey, found in an Ancient Egyptian tomb and dated to approximately 3000 years ago, was still perfectly edible (supposedly*). What is it, then, that gives honey this unusual p more

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Formic acid

Formic acid Formic acid (systematically called methanoic acid) is the simplest carboxylic acid . Its formula is H C O OH or CH2O2. It is an important intermediate in chemical synthesis and occurs naturally, most famously in the venom of bee and ... more

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