• Key to Cleaner Combustion? Look to the Stars

    10 days ago - By News Center

    Illustration of a supernova explosion. Such swirling masses of matter gave shape to the earliest forms of carbon - precursors to molecules some scientists say are connected to the synthesis of the earliest forms of life on Earth.
    F or nearly half a century, astrophysicists and organic chemists have been on the hunt for the origins of C 6 H 6 , the benzene ring - an elegant, hexagonal molecule comprised of 6 carbon and 6 hydrogen atoms.
    Astrophysicists say that the benzene ring could be the fundamental building block of polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs, the most basic materials...
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