Odd reaction creates a stir in the lab

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The Rice lab of Angel Martí published a paper in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Omega outlining what happens when PTFE stir bars are used to functionalize nanotubes through Billups-Birch reduction, a long-used reaction developed in part by Rice Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Edward Billups that frees electrons to bind with other atoms.

 Photo by Brandon Martin/Rice University)A pristine stir bar made of ferromagnetic metal with a PTFE, or Teflon, coating. Photo by Brandon Martin

Link: https://news.rice.edu/2019/03/29/odd-reaction-creates-a-stir-in-the-lab/