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March 30, 2018

From Landfill to Lipstick: Grape Waste as a Cosmetic and Food Ingredient

By Jesse Stanchak

The world drinks a lot of wine, and that means a lot of grapes are consumed. But not every part of the grape ends up in the bottle. Seeds, stalks, and skins end up in landfills. Now, researchers say they have found useful commercial applications, such as prolonging the shelf life of fatty foods, for these […]

March 30, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: A New Use for the Ancient Chemistry of “Pharaoh’s Snakes”

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: A new use for the ancient chemistry of “pharaoh’s snakes,” dynamic scaling of exosome sizes — 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 […]

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March 30, 2018

Improving a Plastic-Degrading Enzyme for Better PET Recycling

By Melissae Fellet, for C&EN

Stabilizing a bacterial enzyme by strategically decorating it with sugars could help it to recycle one of the most widely used plastics and ultimately keep that plastic out of the landfill. Soda, water, and shampoo bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are typically recycled by grinding them into small flakes, which are then used to […]

March 29, 2018

Kirigami Cuts Create Strong But Removable Adhesive

By Prachi Patel for C&EN

Borrowing a page from the Japanese paper-cutting art of kirigami, researchers have made tape that is 10 times as sticky as uncut tape but is also easy to pull free and then reuse. The reversible adhesive could be used to make wall-climbing robots, wearable tattoolike sensors, and bandages that come off without making you wince. […]

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March 28, 2018

5 Assumptions You Need to Drop Before a Job Search

By Marc Reid

Over the past several years, I’ve had the genuine pleasure of speaking with students and researchers about their careers. They look for advice and inspiration for about carving out their career path. These students and researchers carry an infectious enthusiasm, a real passion for what they do. But there is a problem. The more students […]

March 28, 2018

Oil and Gas Wastewater Leaves Radium in Pennsylvania Stream Sediments

By Deirdre Lockwood, for C&EN

Despite a 2011 Pennsylvania guideline curbing the discharge of wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry to water treatment plants, high levels of radium are still settling in some of the state’s stream sediments, according to a new study. The results suggest that some treatment plants that process wastewater derived from conventional oil and […]

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March 27, 2018

New ACS eBook Focuses on Nanocelluloses

By Chi Wang

Nanocellulose is a trending topic for many research laboratories because of its commercial value and range of applications. Researchers are seeking novel ways of using different types of nanocelluloses to produce commercially viable products. Because nanocelluloses are produced from the most abundant naturally occurring homo-polymer, there seem to be limitless opportunities for sourcing and applications. The […]

March 26, 2018

Cynthia J. Burrows Receives 2018 Willard Gibbs Medal and James Flack Norris Award

By Marcus Anderson

ACS Publications and the staff of Accounts of Chemical Research would like to congratulate the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Professor Cynthia J. Burrows of the University of Utah, on winning two prestigious awards: the Willard Gibbs Medal and the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry. The Willard Gibbs Medal, one of the most prestigious honors […]

March 23, 2018

Exploring the Frontiers of 4D Printing

By Jesse Stanchak

A new printer could change manufacturing by creating self-assembling structures that can change shape after being exposed to heat and other stimuli. Dubbed “4D Printing” — the extra “d” refers to the time of self-assembly — this technology could have significant aerospace, medicine, and other industries. It could, for example, one day allow manufacturers to […]

March 23, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Converting Waste Papers to Fluorescent Carbon Dots

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Converting waste papers to fluorescent carbon dots, damage-responsive microcapsules, Highly elastic biodegradable single-network hydrogel for cell printing — 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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March 22, 2018

Unlocking the Science of Brewing Better Espresso Every Time

By Jesse Stanchak

Professor Christopher H. Hendon, Ph.D., of the University of Oregon says his research explains how coffee shops across the U.S. could brew better espresso every time — and save as much as $300 million in the process. Speaking at the 255th ACS National Metting & Expo in New Orleans, Hendon explains how small differences in […]

March 21, 2018

Progress Toward a New Flu Treatment, Thanks to a Small Tweak

By Jesse Stanchak

This year’s aggressive flu season reminds everyone that although the flu vaccine can reduce the number of people who contract the virus, it is still not 100% effective. A tweak to a small-molecule drug shows promise for future production of new antiviral therapies that could help patients, regardless of the strain with which they are […]

March 20, 2018

Identifying ‘Designer’ Drugs Taken by Overdose Patients

By Jesse Stanchak

Medical professionals are scrambling to meet growing demand for emergency room treatment of drug overdoses, but they’re hampered by the lack of a quick and easy test to screen patients for synthetic “designer” drugs. Chemists are developing such a test with the hope that hospitals could eventually use it to choose the appropriate treatment. Watch […]

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March 16, 2018

Celebrate and Innovate at the 255th ACS National Meeting and Exposition

By Jesse Stanchak

From March 18 to 22, 2018, New Orleans will become the center of the chemistry and science universe as the American Chemical Society celebrates its 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition. This year’s theme, “Nexus of Food, Energy & Water,” brings together international chemists to discuss interdependencies among the three systems and the role of […]

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March 15, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of February 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five […]

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March 15, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Organic/Inorganic Chemistry Articles of February 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five […]

March 15, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of February 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five […]

March 15, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Materials Science & Engineering Articles of February 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five […]

March 15, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of February 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five […]

March 15, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of February 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five […]

March 15, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Analytical Chemistry Articles of February 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five […]

March 15, 2018

ACS Omega Authors Get Noticed

By Brooke Howell

ACS Publications lowered the ACS Omega article publishing price for 2018 to just $750 per article, which makes it easier than ever to publish your research in a high-quality, fully open-access, peer-reviewed journal and get noticed by more of your colleagues around the globe. When you publish open access in ACS Omega, you make your […]

March 15, 2018

Lee Cronin Wins 2018 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship

By Brooke Howell

Dr. Leroy (Lee) Cronin, the Regius Chair of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, is the winner of the 2018 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship. Inorganic Chemistry and the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry launched the award in 2013 to annually recognize an individual who has demonstrated creativity and impact in leading research in inorganic chemistry. This […]

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March 15, 2018

How to Get an Incredible Professional Headshot

By Jesse Stanchak

Like it or not, presentation matters. It’s important to your career to look your best in person and in digital and print materials related to your work. That’s why you need a high-resolution professional headshot on hand that you can send out as needed. A headshot is a posed photograph that focuses on a person’s […]

March 14, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Fire Alarm Wallpaper — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Fire alarm wallpaper, fabrication of elastomeric polyester scaffolds for tissue engineering, computational screening of hydration reactions — 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 […]

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March 14, 2018

Connections: Enhancing Student Engagement – Q&A with Dr. Laura Serbulea

By Cristina C Tomeo

More than 50% of students who start out in science or engineering majors do not complete them. Dr. Laura Serbulea is working to change that. Dr. Serbulea is Assistant Professor of Chemistry, General Faculty, and Director of Undergraduate Program at University of Virginia.  She is actively involved in curriculum development with a focus on improving the […]

March 13, 2018

ACS Energy Letters Examines What’s Next in Energy Research

By Brooke Howell

2018 marks the third year of publishing for ACS Energy Letters, and it’s off to a fast start with 95 Articles ASAP (As Soon As Publishable) published in January and February. “The enthusiasm of researchers worldwide to tackle major hurdles in energy conversion and storage has made this field one of the outstanding frontiers of […]

March 12, 2018

Paul J. Chirik’s List of Common Misconceptions about Organometallics

By Stephen Ritter

How do researchers choose which journal to submit their latest research? It often comes down to how they perceive the scope of a journal. And that process is one of the many things that weigh on an editor’s mind: How can I convince chemists that my journal is the best fit for their great new […]

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March 9, 2018

How Women Scientists Inspired ACS Editors

By Molly Ferns and Mia Fields Hall

In honor of National Women’s History Month, several editors at ACS journals shared stories about the women scientists who inspired them and shaped their careers. Who’s your favorite female scientist? Share your story in the comments below. *** Marcy Towns, Associate Editor, Journal of Chemical Education Dr. Geri Richmond from the University of Oregon, because she […]

March 9, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Machine Learning of Partial Charges Derived from High-Quality Quantum-Mechanical Calculations

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Machine Learning of Partial Charges Derived from High-Quality Quantum-Mechanical Calculations — 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 the world to highlight […]

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March 8, 2018

Women in Drug Discovery and Development Share the Secrets of their Success

By Jesse Stanchak

Last year, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters asked a pressing question about the field: “Where are all the women?” That editorial started a conversation that led to more questions, including: What does it take to create a rewarding and successful career within academia or the pharmaceutical industry as a female? To answer that, ACS Webinars has […]

March 7, 2018

How to Succeed at Scientific Collaboration: Part II: Co-Cultures Get Results

By Stephanie Monasky

Scientific collaboration can help identify important compounds, such as new antibiotics. Co-culture experiments helped researchers to find keyicin, a novel compound that selects against Gram-positive bacteria. The paper ranks in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric and was the #2 Altmetric paper in ACS Chemical Biology in all of 2017! Our new collaborative […]

March 6, 2018

5 Keys to Writing Good Theory & Modeling Papers

By Marcus Anderson

ACS Publications has a long history of publishing and highlighting the best papers, manuscripts, and articles across the chemistry landscape. One of the recurring questions authors ask is “what makes a good theory and/or modeling paper?” Enter Langmuir editors Han Zuilhof, Shu-Hong Yu and David S. Sholl. To help ensure authors are writing and submitting focused […]

March 5, 2018

What’s Happening at the Leading Process Chemistry Conference from Scientific Update?

By Molly Ferns

The 39th International Scientific Update Organic Process Research & Development Conference, sharing a name with ACS Publication’s very-own OPR&D, is taking place March 5th-7th in Clearwater, Florida. It is increasingly vital for chemical and pharmaceutical companies to be able to convert chemical reactions into manufacturing processes to run up to and beyond tonnage scale. This […]

March 2, 2018

From Compost to Composites: An Eco-Friendly Way to Improve Rubber

By Jesse Stanchak

Composting turns trash to treasure in gardens, converting food waste into fertilizer. But what if compost could go beyond being plant food? Scientists have now harnessed the gases produced during composting to boost the properties of natural rubber, as reported in the journal ACS Omega. Watch This Video To See the Material in Action: Natural […]

March 2, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Self-Healing Hydrogel, Discovery of Drug Leads , Properties of Self-Assembled Nanostructures — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week:  Self-healing hydrogel, discovery of drug leads, properties of self-assembled nanostructures — 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 the world to highlight the […]

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March 1, 2018

Look Forward to ImagineNano 2018 with ACS Publications

By Charley James

ACS Publications is heading to Bilbao, Spain, for Europe’s largest nanoscience and nanotechnology event, ImagineNano 2018. The conference, held March 13-15, will feature a variety of important speakers, including ACS Omega Co-Editor Luis Liz-Marzan. The event promises to be an eye-opening, thought-provoking experience for everyone in attendance. But your conference learning experience isn’t confined within the walls […]

February 27, 2018

Discover Your “Soul Scientist” At the ACS National Meeting

By Jesse Stanchak

The 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans is coming up. During the meeting, you’ll get to know some impressive researchers and their stories of discovery. But before you make your way to the Big Easy, take a moment to discover who your “soul scientist” is with our (admittedly unscientific) personality quiz! After you […]

February 26, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of January 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in January of 2018? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each physical chemistry ACS Publications journal in January 2018, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]