The cover story of the September 22 issue of Chemical and Engineering News is a story highlighting this summer’s International Conference on Chemical Bonding, a conference started two years ago by Alex Boldyrev, and his former doctoral student Anastassia Alexandrova, who is now a faculty member of UCLA. Congratulations Anastassia and Alex!

Below is a link to the article. Don’t miss the vignettes on chemical bonding from some notable chemists at the bottom of the web page:

http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i38/Pushing-Limits-Chemical-Bonding.html

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