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  • Tiny porous crystals change the shape of water to speed up chemical reactions

    A portrait of Illinois researchers involved in the study

    Chemical and biomolecular engineering researchers from the University of Illinois studied how water molecules assemble and change shape to reveal strategies that speed up chemical reactions critical to industry and environmental sustainability. From left, graduate student Matthew Chan, professor David Flaherty and graduate student Zeynep Ayla.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach David Flaherty, call 217-244-2816; email

    The paper “The shape of water in zeolites and its impact on epoxidation catalysis” will be available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1038/s41929-021-00672-4