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C&EN’s Talented 12

Whether exploring early life or probing reactions in outer space, these rising stars are taking on some of the most vexing challenges in the chemical universe


Darryl Boyd

Polymers pioneer is stitching sulfur into molecular strands to create advanced optics

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Solar Power

Organic solar cell smashes performance record

With help from computer modeling, researchers designed and built an organic photovoltaic device nearly as efficient as commercial silicon cells

CSB releases update of deadly drilling rig fire investigation

Five workers were killed when natural gas was released from Pryor Trust well in Oklahoma

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Analytical Chemistry

Freeze-drying extends paper biobatteries’ shelf-life

Paper batteries containing electric bacteria survive at least four weeks rather than days

Predicting the chemistry happening inside interstellar ice

Lab experiments suggest reactions could yield the building blocks of complex organic compounds