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Leopold group research featured in C&E News

U of M Chemistry professor Doreen Leopold and current and former group members Steve Miller, Tim Marcy and Evan Millam have established that ethylene is cyclized to benzene by gas-phase niobium. This reaction has been inferred previously, but direct spectroscopic evidence had been missing until now. The research suggests that "even the smallest of metal species may possess powerful catalytic potential." This research was published in Journal of the American Society (2007, 129, 3482), and featured in the March 19 issue of Chemical and Engineering News.

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