Chemistry news round-up for this week – This week, The Alchemist is intrigued by a molecular optical illusion and learns of a new catalyst for making aromatic compounds from their unsaturated hydrocarbon counterparts. A new gel has been developed by chemists in China for delivering anticancer drugs while bubbles could be key to remediating oil spills at sea even in stormy conditions. A spot of modern alchemy reveals how steel can be toughened without adding weight by 7 percent in just a few seconds. Finally, Canadian chemists sweep the board when it comes to awards.
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