Zapping substances with electrons can quickly map chemical structures

This technique could speed drug development and aid forensic investigations

chemical structure of thiostrepton

SPITTING IMAGE  In just a day, researchers using a new technique to identify a substance’s chemical structure had mapped out the antibiotic thiostrepton (carbon atoms are gray; nitrogen, blue; oxygen, red; and sulfur, yellow). With current methods, that mapping could have taken months or years.

C.G. Jones et al/ChemRxiv.org 2018

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