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Archive – October 2012

Oct 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
Oct 6, 2012. Lausanne, Switzerland. Associated faculty member Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, and  Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment has been awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by L'Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. According to the citation, Professor Carter was awarded this honor,
Oct 9, 2012. Princeton, NJ. Medicines could be made to have fewer side effects and work in smaller doses with the help of a new technique that makes drug molecules more resistant to breakdown by the human liver. Researchers based at Princeton University reported in the journal Science that they created a synthetic enzyme that acts as a catalyst to replace certain hydrogen atoms of a drug molecule with fluorine atoms. This swap stabilizes the molecule and makes it resistant to the liver enz