Big Tussle Over Tiny Particles | May 26, 2014 Issue - Vol. 92 Issue 21 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 21 | pp. 43-45
Issue Date: May 26, 2014

Big Tussle Over Tiny Particles

In peer-reviewed papers and on blogs, researchers argue over the existence of striped coatings on nanoparticles
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: nanoparticles, controversy, stripes, phase separation, peer review, referees, misconduct, investigation, blogging

As truth seekers, scientists often challenge one another’s work and debate over the details. At the first-ever international scientific conference, for instance, leading chemists argued vociferously over how to define a molecule’s formula. A lot of very smart people at the meeting, held in Germany in 1860, insisted that water was OH, while others fought for H2O.

That squabble might seem tame compared with a dispute that’s been raging in the nanoscience community during the . . .

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