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  • New set of chemical building blocks makes complex 3D molecules in a snap

    Photo of the researchers in front of their molecule machine

    University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin D. Burke, left, and postdoctoral researcher Daniel J. Blair developed a new class of chemical building blocks and a next-generation molecule-making machine to assemble them into complex small molecules with 3D twists and turns.

    Note: To maintain COVID-19 safety, subjects were photographed separately and then montaged in the final image.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Martin Burke, call 217-244-8726; email:  

    A downloadable image gallery is available. All photos credit Fred Zwicky, University of Illinois News Bureau.

    The paper “Automated iterative Csp3-C bond formation” is available online.

    DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04491-w