An explosive start to this weeks Alchemist, well actually its a non-explosive start thanks to a reaction scheme that tames diazomethan. In the world of X-ray crystallography, we learn that the bound structure of a drug to treat hepatitis C has been determined and in materials science, truly alchemical-sounding chemistry reveals that Beaujolais is the tipple of choice when preparing iron telluride superconductors. A new approach to pump-probe techniques is more robust and stable than before and the alchemist learns that residues from radiotherapy could allow environmental scientists to trace waste water flow more easily than before. Finally, good news for Henry F. Schaefer III who is to receive the 2012 SURA Distinguished Scientist Award.
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