A microbiome code breaker. A carbon dioxide (CO2) wrangler. A bug battler. These aren't members of a new group of super heroes, but a sampling of "The Talented 12" young scientists and entrepreneurs that Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) magazine is highlighting in a special feature in the latest edition. C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society.
"The Talented 12" includes profiles of a dozen of the best and brightest young researchers who are using chemistry to solve global problems. Among other things, this impressive group is seeking ways to synthesize molecules in a more environmentally friendly way, developing methods to curb global warming by removing CO2 from the air and investigating the biochemical underpinnings of diseases to help find cures.
The number 12 was chosen as a nod toward the scientists' chemical roots, a reference to the mole, a fundamental unit of measure for chemists. The International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry defines the mole with respect to the number of atoms in 12 grams of carbon-12.
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