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September 22, 2016

2016 MacArthur ‘genius grants’ given to three scientists doing pioneering chemistry-related research

Synthetic chemist Jin-Quan Yu, microbiologist Dianne K. Newman, and geobiologist Victoria J. Orphan are among the new class of 23 fellows

September 21, 2016

Sponge made of coffee grounds scrubs lead and mercury from water

The material could make it easier to use coffee waste for water remediation

September 19, 2016

Membrane coating could help remove endocrine disruptors from wastewater

Adding a hydrophilic coating to a nanofiltration membrane helps clean parabens and bisphenol A from wastewater for recycling

September 19, 2016

Scrubbing natural gas with sulfur

Microporous polymer made with elemental sulfur can remove CO2 from gaseous blends

September 19, 2016

Insecticidal fern proteins protect genetically modified cotton from pests

The newly created plants are the first to ward off whitefly-inflicted damage in cotton fields

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