Data in two papers and one doctoral thesis out of Peter Chen's lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich were manipulated, reports Chemical & Engineering News. Chen's lab and other labs were not able to reproduce the data from those two papers, published in 2000 in the Journal of Chemical Physics, and in January Chen asked the school to start an inquiry. The inquiry looked through the lab's notebooks but could find neither the lab book nor the raw data from the former student who did the experiments. Chen has resigned from his post as vice president for research and corporate relations but will remain a professor. An erratum was issue for one paper and the journal will retract the other in its next issue. According to ScienceInsider, the commission also recommended the retraction of the student's doctoral dissertation but the former student has blocked that process. The same post notes that the unnamed student has left science and is an analyst for an international bank.
Sep 25, 2009