Volume 87 Issue 16 | pp. 40-42
Issue Date: April 20, 2009

Main-Group Research Springs Ahead

Chemists retool s- and p-block compounds in hopes of widening their use in reaction chemistry
Department: Science & Technology, ACS News

YELLOW AND BLUE make green. That color combination, familiar to children coloring with crayons, was not what chemist Richard A. Kemp was thinking when he first saw yellow and green crystals of a pure gallium diimine complex. It took a little detective work, and a determined undergraduate student, but Kemp's group figured out that the normally yellow compound appears green in places where a tiny amount of a virtually undetectable blue dimer of . . .

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