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“Most Cited”

Of all the chemistry articles published in the world in 2005, the one currently most cited is from CNRS. Penned by Gérard Férey and his team at the Lavoisier Institute in Versailles,1 the record-breaking article first appeared in Science in 20052 and was then cited 90 times as of April 2007, reports the journal Science Watch.3 The article describes the discovery of a porous crystalline solid with the widest cavities known to date. With pores so large, the solid could store a variety of “guest molecules” such as gases, proteins, or enzymes, and help tackle an important challenge of this century: the storage of hydrogen.

1. Institut Lavoisier (CNRS / Université de Versailles).

2. G. Férey et al., Science. 309: 2040-2. 2005.

3. Journal published by the ISI Web of Knowledge, May-June issue, p. 7.




The second life sciences forum for leaders in science, public funding organizations, and industry, is organized this year in collaboration with the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). It will take place on 5-7 December 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal. Registration is now open.




Literature Prize Winner

The Montalembert Prize was awarded to Swedish writer Emily Tanimura for her debut novel La tentation de l'après (Editions Gallimard). The prize, co-founded last year by the unusual partnership of a CNRS laboratory,1 the prestigious Hotel Montalembert in Paris, and the association “Places au centre,” recognizes outstanding debut novels written by women in French, as an effort to promote both the French language and the integration of women in the literary arts.

1. Écritures de la modernité (CNRS / Sorbonne Nouvelle).



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