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PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are often called “forever chemicals” because they are resistant to degradation by biological and chemical mechanisms. Harsh conditions have been needed to decompose these toxic compounds. The method detailed in this article reveals that PFAS containing carboxylic acids may have a weakness. Science 377(6608) 839-845 (2022)

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Assistant Professor Julia Kalow receives the 2023 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry

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Welcome to our Fall newsletter, which contains stories of individuals in our community as well as events that have brought us together. The start of this academic year marks a new post-pandemic time for Northwestern Chemistry. Many new junior and senior faculty have arrived on campus even as there have been notable departures. We have formed teaching teams for an improved undergraduate instructional experience. Several staff who were key during the COVID-19 years received promotions. And, we have welcomed one of our largest incoming graduate student classes to date. We hope you are as excited as we are about what this new year will bring. Please enjoy our latest happenings.

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