Antioxidants get small

February 3rd, 2017

Antioxidants get small
Treated particles of graphene derived from carbon nanotubes have demonstrated remarkable potential as life-saving antioxidants, but as small as they are, something even smaller had to be created to figure out why they work so well. Researchers at Rice and a number of other institutions created single-molecule compounds that also quench damaging reactive oxygen species but are far easier to analyze using standard scientific tools. The molecules may become the basis for new antioxidant therapies in their own right. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
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