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Issue 21, 2018
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Encoding matter with regiospecific 12C/13C isotopic labels

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Society suffers due to an inability to regulate matter. This study presents a practical tool for the encryption of materials by adjusting the levels of 13C at regiospecific atoms within a molecule to generate a stable-isotopically encoded signature. This system is demonstrated by securing a document by adapting natural product chemistry as an encryption device. This approach delivers a complex signal that would be difficult to intercept due to the need for access to extraction protocols, sophisticated NMR instrumentation and a vital level of prior knowledge. Overall, this discovery offers an important tool to monitor and track valuable entities on our planet.

Graphical abstract: Encoding matter with regiospecific 12C/13C isotopic labels

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04 Jan 2018
01 Feb 2018
First published
08 Feb 2018

Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 2611-2614
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Encoding matter with regiospecific 12C/13C isotopic labels

J. J. La Clair, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 2611
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00080H

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