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Biosynthesis of the Catalytic H-Cluster of [FeFe] Hydrogenase

 

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Chemistry major Moses Adenaike received the NOBCChE Bayer Undergraduate Fellowship. As part of...

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Gary A. Molander, Hirschmann-Makineni Professor and Chemistry Department Chair, has been...

Research Highlight

M.I. Lester

 

Earth’s atmosphere is a complicated dance of molecules. The chemical output of plants, animals and human industry rise into the air and pair off in sequences of chemical reactions. Such processes help maintain the atmosphere’s chemical balance; for example, some break down pollutants emitted from the burning of fossil fuels.

Understanding exactly how these reactions proceed is critical for predicting how the atmosphere will respond to environmental changes, but some of the steps of this dance are so quick that all of the molecules involved haven’t been measured in the wild.

 

Even Lerner writes about a study led by Marsha I. Lester, Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor, that led to a publication in Science. Read more about it here.

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