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Researchers devise new way to cleave nitrogen

Prescription drugs, nylon stockings and common fertilizers all have something in common -- bonded atoms of nitrogen and carbon. But any chemist knows creating these bonds is no easy task, as nitrogen in its natural state is paired (N2) and contains a strong triple bond nearly impossible to break.
Cornell chemist Paul Chirik and colleagues have devised a new way to break the tough nitrogen-nitrogen bond in the lab and simultaneously create carbon-nitrogen bonds.

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