Juan Antonio Rivas Loaiza, a Ph.D. candidate at Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo, purified the bifunctional thiourea organocatalyst seen here. He illuminated the vial from below to observe the crystals diffracting light after evaluating the organocatalyst’s activity. Loaiza’s group designs and synthesizes organocatalysts in hopes of finding new synthetic routes that are more efficient or environmentally friendly. “Any chemical project goes beyond understanding a function or a reaction,” Loaiza says. “Chemistry is a true art.”
Submitted by Juan Antonio Rivas Loaiza
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