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New-Model Reactions Skip the Drip

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Science  07 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5574, pp. 1784
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5574.1784a

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In the latest issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a team of materials scientists reports that it has carried out a battery of common organic chemistry reactions using solid compounds, without first dissolving them in the usual liquid solvents. If this new "dry chemistry" approach works for other reactions, it could light a fire under attempts to make everyday compounds without using toxic organic solvents.