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University of California-Riverside Chemists Identify Organic Molecules That Mimic Metals

April 19, 2007

Cartoon of carbene splitting hydrogen and ammonia Chemists at the University of California, Riverside, report that a class of carbenes--molecules that have unusual, highly reactive carbon atoms--can mimic, to some extent, the behavior of metals. The organic molecules could be used to develop carbon-based systems for storing hydrogen, and transform ammonia into amino compounds used to make pharmaceuticals and bulk industrial materials. Full Story

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