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Chirik Lab in NYTimes: A Chemist Comes Very Close to a Midas Touch

Paul ChirikOct 15, 2012. Princeton, NJ. Today's New York Times features an article describing the work of Paul Chirik, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, and his lab to create inexpensive alternative catalysts.

"Dr. Chirik, 39, has learned how to make iron function like platinum, in chemical reactions that are crucial to manufacturing scores of basic materials. ... A vast majority of the chemicals we manufacture and then use to make other products require catalysts. And a lot of catalysts use so-called noble metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium, which are expensive. A pound of platinum costs about $22,000. A pound of iron, meanwhile, costs about 50 cents."

Read the full article, written by Hillary Rosner, at The NYTimes...