Chemistry

Chemistry is a branch of science that involves the study of the composition, structure and properties of matter. Often known as the central science, it is a creative discipline chiefly concerned with atomic and molecular structure and its change, for instance through chemical reactions.

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    Aziridines — three-membered nitrogen-containing heterocycles — are important synthetic targets, but N-alkyl aziridines are difficult to synthesize. Now, an electrochemical method, involving a dicationic intermediate, enables the coupling of alkenes and amines.

    • Tiffany Piou
    •  & Louis-Charles Campeau
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    A transparent suspension containing colloidal silica is used to additively manufacture three-dimensional structures and photonic devices of silica glass at the nanoscale.

    • Paolo Colombo
    •  & Giorgia Franchin
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Silicon has around ten times the specific capacity of graphite but its application as an anode in post-lithium-ion batteries presents huge challenges. After decades of development, silicon-based batteries are now on the verge of large-scale commercial success.

    • Yi Cui
    Nature Energy 6, 995-996