January 1, 2018 Issue | Chemical & Engineering News
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January 1, 2018 Issue

Volume 96, Issue 1
January 1, 2018 Issue, Vol. 96 | Iss. 1
Enhancing chemists’ adaptability and promoting safety and diversity will strengthen our field
By Peter K. Dorhout, ACS President
(pp. 29-31)
Science & Technology
Scientists explore ways to use martian soil to build habitats on the red planet (pp. 16-18)
Despite obstacles, the DuPont spin-off managed to stand on its own and even prosper (pp. 20-21)
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Cold weather exhausts natural gas in China

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Start-up training program opens to all

NSF entrepreneur program for university scientists now seeks nonacademic trainees

China creates world’s largest carbon trading program

Cap-and-trade approach will start with power-generating companies

Trump administration delays bans of toxic solvents

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Science & Technology

Chemistry Nobel laureate and noted author offers insight on Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ at 200 years
(pp. 24-25)
Scientists explore ways to use martian soil to build habitats on the red planet
(pp. 16-18)
Metal-organic framework with rotating groups may play role in future molecular machines
A magnesium hydride complex pairs with a boron Lewis acid to selectively hydrosilylate CO2 and convert it to formaldehyde
A new growth method produces smooth graphene sheets
Light-initiated decarboxylation traps organophosphorus compounds in supramolecular complex
Grains separated by mere micrometers can differ substantially in chemical composition
Artificial viral capsids that hold their own genomic material could aid drug delivery

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