Category: Career

November 1, 2017

Inorganic Chemistry Appoints Three New Associate Editors

By Brooke Howell

Inorganic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief William B. Tolman is excited to announce the appointment of three new Associate Editors to the journal’s editorial team. Starting November 1, 2017: Suzanne C. Bart, Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Purdue University Hiroshi Kageyama, Professor, Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University Starting January 1, 2018: […]

October 31, 2017

Remembering Gilbert Stork (1921-2017)

By Jesse Stanchak

Synthetic organic chemistry pioneer Gilbert Stork is dead at the age of 95. Stork was the former Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University. He is known for his work in the total synthesis of natural products and his contributions to enamine chemistry. Stork was the author of more than 160 papers in […]

chemistry of fear

October 31, 2017

Exploring the Chemistry of Fear with ACS Chemical Neuroscience

By Molly Ferns

Halloween is upon us; a time of tricks and treats, frights and delights, with haunted houses and scary mazes attracting people young and the old. It’s the time of year when we go out of our way to be scared. But why is the anticipation of being spooked so enjoyable? What chemical reaction makes being […]

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October 30, 2017

Discover ACS Research with the Highest Altmetric Attention Scores

By Andrew Clinton

In December 2016, we announced our partnership with Altmetric, the alternative metrics platform that provides authors with a single view of the online activity surrounding their scholarly content. Through the partnership with Altmetric, we began to display  Altmetric Attention Scores on all research articles published across our entire portfolio of peer-reviewed research journals. As a […]

October 27, 2017

Why Should You Publish Open Access? ACS Editors Explain

By Jesse Stanchak

Carolyn Bertozzi and Luis Liz-Marzan are both editors of fully open access journals. Bertozzi ACS Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, while Liz-Marzan is a Co-Editor of ACS Omega. Watch as they each talk about why researchers should consider publishing their next paper open access. Learn more about publishing open access with ACS journals.

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October 27, 2017

Sulfur Dioxide Pollution Tied to Degraded Sperm Quality

By Janet Pelley, for C&EN

Men’s sperm counts have plummeted by up to 60% over the last 40 years in Western countries and by nearly 30% since 2001 in China. Experts lack firm answers regarding the cause of the sperm deficit but suspect that behaviors such as smoking or exposures to hormone-disrupting compounds in plastics or pesticides are to blame. […]

This week: Black pepper as an anti-inflammatory, predicting cysteine reactivity with machine learning, mass efficiency of alkene syntheses -- and more!

October 27, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Black Pepper as an Anti-Inflammatory

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Black pepper as an anti-inflammatory, predicting cysteine reactivity with machine learning, mass efficiency of alkene syntheses — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals […]

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October 26, 2017

ACS Editors Elected to National Academy of Medicine

By Jesse Stanchak

Nano Letters Co-Editor Charles M. Lieber and Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) Associate Editor Benjamin F. Cravatt are among the newest members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The health and medical community considers membership in NAM to be one of the field’s top honors. NAM membership recognizes individuals who have demonstrated […]

October 26, 2017

Exploring ChemRxiv and the Value of Preprint Servers with Reddit

By Katherine Stevens

On October 17, ACS Publication hosted a Reddit AMA with Darla Henderson and Marshall Brennan. The pair manage ChemRxiv, the first preprint server designed for all chemical disciplines. You may remember Henderson’s AMA from January 2016, where she highlighted the ACS open access program to the r/Science community. Brennan is a new addition to the […]

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October 25, 2017

ACS Publications’ Darla Henderson Talks About Preprints and the Future of Open Access

By Bryan McBournie

The peer review process is an important part of publishing scientific work, but it is not perfect. Work can be rejected by peer-reviewed journals simply because the research isn’t deemed important enough, while important scientific discoveries can be delayed from being announced to the world because of bottlenecks in the peer review process. Preprint servers […]

periodic table

October 24, 2017

10 Amazing Periodic Table of the Elements Designs

By Jesse Stanchak

The periodic table is a marvel of design. Dmitri Mendeleev’s approach to organizing the elements was informative and elegant. It even helped predict the existence of elements then unknown to scientists. A periodic table is an important tool for scientists, but also for educators. The periodic table is an accessible way to teach students about […]

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National Chemistry Week 2017

October 23, 2017

Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2017 with Resources from ACS

By Jesse Stanchak

For 30 years, ACS has been championing National Chemistry Week as a celebration of chemistry’s impact on the world around us. This annual event is an opportunity for both ACS members and non-members to come together and share stories of the transformative power of chemistry. National Chemistry Week 2017 is a chance for chemists to […]

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October 20, 2017

What Chemists Do: Frontier Scientific Inc.’s Mark Nelson

By Jesse Stanchak

What are chemists doing to make sure that other chemists have funding to do the important work they need to do? Mark Nelson, Vice President of Business and Scientific Development at Frontier Scientific, Inc., works with clients to keep chemists working, and to provide new compounds that move various industries forward. The What Chemists Do […]

October 20, 2017

Forgery of Ancient Silk Leaves Chemical Footprint

By Louisa Dalton, for C&EN

Chemists have pulled back the veil on suspected ancient silk forgeries by revealing telltale chemical traces in the fabric. They show that amino acid analysis can tell real ancient silk from fake, and their analysis method reveals the manner of deception: Amino acid measurements from forged silks match modern silks that have been soaked in […]

Microgel Particles

October 20, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: In Silico Synthesis of Microgel Particles

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Organic–inorganic hybrid photovoltaics, in silico synthesis of microgel particles, promiscuous oxidants of water pollutants  — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around […]

ACS Energy Letters Open Access

October 19, 2017

Why ACS Energy Letters Encourages Open Access Publishing

By Brooke Howell

With International Open Access Week coming up next week, I reached out to one of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for open access I know: ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Prashant V. Kamat. I wanted to get his take on this year’s International Open Access Week theme: “Open in order to….” “I encourage ACS Energy Letters authors […]

Robust New Modeling Tool

October 18, 2017

Researcher’s ‘Star Wars’ Parody Video Produces Robust New Modeling Tool

By Jesse Stanchak

The “Star Wars” anthology is one of the most famous movie series ever made. So it’s no wonder that a group of Harvard researchers who were thinking about ways to engage the public in science, turned to Star Wars for inspiration. But rather than intergalactic battles, the scientists-turned-movie-makers depicted a fight for supremacy — among […]

October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each physical chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Organic/Inorganic Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each organic and inorganic chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take […]

October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each multidisciplinary chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Materials Science & Engineering Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each materials science & engineering ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take […]

October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each biological chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each applied chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Analytical Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each analytical chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

how to be an amazing podcast guest

October 17, 2017

How to Be an Amazing Podcast Guest

By Maya Pottiger

So you were asked to be a podcast guest. What now? You want to make sure you’re adequately prepared for the interview so that it goes smoothly and you get your point across as effectively as possible. However, chances are this won’t be a long interview, and you’re going to have to be very concise […]

October 13, 2017

Energy Conversion Experts Converge on Dalian, China, for ACS Publications Symposium

By Shannon O'Reilly

ACS Publications recently held its second ACS Publications Symposium in China. The event, “Innovation in Energy Conversion – A Physical Chemistry Perspective” was held in Dalian, China from September 24-26, 2017. The symposium drew almost 500 researchers and students from China and abroad. Attendees were able to hear from 20 notable speakers in the field, […]

October 13, 2017

Fluorescent Sensor Measures Ionic Strength in Living Cells

By Melissae Fellet, for C&EN

A fluorescent biosensor is the first to quantify the ionic strength inside living cells. The sensor could enable cell biologists to follow changes in ionic strength over time or at different locations in a cell, changes that are key for controlling protein aggregation. Ionic strength measures the concentration of unbound ions floating in a cell. […]

October 13, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Wearable Ring-Based Sensing Platform for Detecting Chemical Threats — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: wearable ring-based sensing platform for detecting chemical threats, nanoscale coloristic pigments, the hydrophobic effect and the role of cosolvents — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of […]

October 12, 2017

Microneedle Skin Patch Fights Fat

By Prachi Patel for C&EN

A new skin patch can burn fat at the site where it’s applied. Dozens of tiny microneedles on the patch slowly and painlessly deliver a drug that transforms energy-storing white fat into calorie-burning brown fat. Tested on obese mice, the patch reduced abdominal fat, increased metabolism, and brought down glucose levels. It could offer an […]

October 11, 2017

Show Off Your Lab and You Could Win an Apple Watch

By Jesse Stanchak

Sometimes the places we work can be almost as inspiring as the work that comes out of them. So we have to ask: Is your lab remarkable? Is your office the envy of your peers? Is your workspace a thing of beauty? If that sounds like your office, get ready to show off. ACS in […]

October 11, 2017

An Easier Way to Tell Fossil Fuels From Biofuels

By Deirdre Lockwood, for C&EN

For those seeking carbon credits for selling or using biofuels, it’s important to know that the fuel actually came from plants that were recently alive, and not from fossil fuels, which are made of plant matter that’s been dead for hundreds of millions of years. Researchers now have an easier way of determining the source […]

Kenneth N. Marsh

October 10, 2017

Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data Publishes Memorial Issue in Honor of Kenneth N. Marsh

By Freddy Tellez

Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Neil Marsh is renowned for his contributions to the fields of chemical thermodynamics and thermophysical property measurement and prediction, and noted for his service to the community as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data from 1991 to 2010. After Marsh died last year following a stroke, the journal marked his […]

National Nanotechnology Day

October 9, 2017

ACS Celebrates National Nanotechnology Day

By Jesse Stanchak

Lovers of big innovations in small packages, rejoice! It’s time for the 2nd annual National Nanotechnology Day, and ACS is here to help you celebrate it right. What is National Nanotechnology Day? The day is a joint project of the United States National Nanotechnology Initiative, scientific societies such as ACS, and other organizations. The day […]

October 6, 2017

Fluorescent Sensor Measures Ionic Strength in Living Cells

By Melissae Fellet, for C&EN

A fluorescent biosensor is the first to quantify the ionic strength inside living cells. The sensor could enable cell biologists to follow changes in ionic strength over time or at different locations in a cell, changes that are key for controlling protein aggregation. Ionic strength measures the concentration of unbound ions floating in a cell. […]

October 6, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Quantum Monte Carlo Calculations

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: improved formalism for quantum Monte Carlo calculations of energy derivatives and properties, toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic modeling, pulsating polymer micelles — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors […]

October 6, 2017

ACS Chemical Neuroscience’s Anne Andrews Wins NIH Award

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Chemical Neuroscience Associate Editor Anne Andrews received a 2017 National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award. The award, which is part of the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, honors innovative and unconventional research that has the potential to affect dramatic change in important areas of biomedical research. The program aims to support research […]

October 5, 2017

The SciFinder Future Leaders Experience: Behind the Scenes at CAS

By Andy Tay

This August, I was one of 22 scientists to attend the SciFinder® Future Leaders program. We spent a week visiting the Columbus, Ohio, offices of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), before heading to the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington D.C. for another week of scholarly […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017

October 4, 2017

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 Goes to Cryo-EM Innovators

By Jesse Stanchak

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson are the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017. The trio won equal shares of the more than $1.1 million prize for their work developing cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) for the study of biomolecules. Electron microscopes were once thought to be useless for studying biological substances since the […]

October 3, 2017

Antibiotic Resistance Could Spread Through Feed at Fish Farms

By Deirdre Lockwood, for C&EN

“Farm to table” has become a catch phrase for eating locally grown food bought directly from producers—but unfortunately it can also apply to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics applied as part of farming practices for livestock and farmed seafood can fuel the proliferation of antibiotic-resistance genes among bacteria—including pathogenic strains. When such pathogens end up in the […]