Congratulations to Professor Charles Diesendruck and Nansi Gjineci!
Their work about The Reaction Mechanism Between Tetraarylammonium Salts and Hydroxide, in collaboration with Prof. Dekel, from Chemical Engineering, was announced as a VIP (Very important publication) by EurJOC! Only 10% of the articles receive such positive reviews!
“The work deals with the study of the chemical reaction between hydroxide and a new functional group we developed, which can be used, among other things, for making membranes for fuel cells for transportation applications. Nansi showed that this reaction, which should be quite trivial, follows a completely unexpected mechanism, in which hydroxide, known to be a strong base and nucleophile, actually acts as a reducing agent. The fact that these functional groups decompose by an alternative mechanism opens the possibilities in terms of developing improved membranes for alkaline fuel cells, using functional groups which are very resistant to the base and now can be improved by changing their reduction potential.”
You can read it here: http://tiny.cc/vivkoz