Making Sense of Surface Chemistry

THESE NU SCIENTISTS WANT TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THEIR WORK, AND THE VALUE OF OBSCURE SCIENCE. By David Thill Medill Reports There’s a language barrier between Mike Mattei and most of the rest of the world. Or maybe it’s more of a dialect barrier. Mattei, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Northwestern University’s Department of Chemistry, […]

Green chemistry: preventive healthcare for the environment

By Mariah Quintanilla We all know that bagel coated with sesame, poppy, onion, garlic, caraway and salt. Chemical engineer Nick Thornburg considers an ‘everything’ bagel a reasonable metaphor for an inefficient catalyst, or a compound that speeds up a chemical reaction. For those of us non-chemists, a longer explanation is required. The point of his […]