Lords of the Ring
Summer 2017
Benzene’s hexagonal molecular configuration stops enzymes from grabbing hold and reacting easily, making this petroleum byproduct difficult­ to clean up. Chemical engineer­ Elizabeth Edwards­ of the University of Toronto is helping overcome this problem b

Was the structure of benzene really illuminated by a chemist’s dream of a snake devouring its own tail? Historians of science are skeptical of this persistent chemistry legend. But there is new interest in devouring when it comes to benzene, a naturally occurring toxin often associated with petroleum production, storage and transport.

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