Interstellar molecules inspire new transformations

(Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)) When illuminating with LED light, chemists at ICIQ generated carbynes, a highly reactive chemical species that allowed them to modify drugs like anticancer paclitaxel, antidepressant duloxetine and NSAID ibuprofen. The study, led by young chemist Marcos García-Suero, just published in Nature.