Arxiu mensual: gener de 2014

HOW CAN CHEMISTS SELL CHEMISTRY TO SOCIETY?

The progress of mankind in the last 150-200 years, extremely much higher than in the previous 5000 years, is thanks in large part to chemistry. Over these last 200 years the chemical industry has absolutely transformed human life. The products … Continua llegint

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NUCLEAR POWER: FROM MARIE CURIE TO ANGELA MERKEL

The Fukushima disaster in 2011 turned the German people against nuclear energy, and chancellor Angela Merkel immediately announced the shuttering of all the reactors by about 2022 or 2023 (quite before their life expectancy). In any case, Germany is ending … Continua llegint

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THE PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT CATALYST

Catalysis provides powerful tools for efficiently and selectively making/breaking chemical bonds, which is essential for converting raw materials (basic chemicals) into useful products for society in an eco-friendly fashion. Despite the huge developments of catalysis in the past few decades, … Continua llegint

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CATALYSIS AND ITS GREAT VALUE FOR SOCIETY

The production of petrochemicals derived from crude oil, the synthesis of small molecules that act as drugs and have specific functions in our body or the removal of waste and toxic products from the environment. These chemical transformations (and countless … Continua llegint

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SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION (and III): JOURNALS OR CONGRESSES?

The chase after attention is an indispensable part of scientific progress. When paying attention to the research done by others, those demanding scientific information are, in a manner of speaking, collaborating with those providing it. This team-oriented, altruistic aspect of … Continua llegint

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SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION (II): QUANTIFYING YOUR SUCCESS

Last week we came to the conclusion that citation, despite being deficient, represents a widely-diffused system to assess the value of a scientific work. We also stated that the maximization of citations usually becomes the main goal of scientists (mainly … Continua llegint

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