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June 18, 2018

Beating the Ph.D. Blues

By Nicola Bell

Earning a Ph.D. isn’t easy, nor should it be. The challenges of running a project, making discoveries, and convincing the world how important our work is can force us to develop new, valuable skills. Everyone faces a few bruises and false starts when heading out on their own, but failure during a Ph.D. can be […]

June 15, 2018

The Swiss Army Knife of Smoke Screens

By Jesse Stanchak

The military uses smoke grenades in dangerous situations to provide cover for people and tanks on the move. But the smoke arms race is on. Increasingly, assailants are using sophisticated infrared or thermal detection devices that can see through standard smoke. Now, researchers report developing a new kind of smoke that obscures both visible and […]

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June 15, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Envisioning Scientific Innovation in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Envisioning Scientific Innovation in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone, chemistry education research, intracellular Deprotection 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 around the […]

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June 14, 2018

Getting a Ph.D. with a Chance of Heavy Winds and Rain

By Juan C. Aponte-Santini

Graduate studies involve a hurricane of emotions.  Currently, I am a graduate student of the University of Puerto Rico at the Río Piedras Campus (UPRRP) and pursuing a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and Chemistry Education in Dr. Ingrid Montes’ Research Lab.  My Ph.D. process has involved challenges that go far beyond synthesizing compounds in the […]

June 13, 2018

Get Ready for the 2018 European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting With Research from ACS Publications

By Charley James

ACS Publications is heading to Strasbourg, France, this month for the 2018 European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit. The conference, held June 18-22, will feature a variety of important speakers and illustrious authors from ACS Publications journals, including plenary speakers Xinliang Feng and Thomas W. Ebbesen. The event promises to be eye-opening and thought-provoking for […]

Personal Health Data on the Go

June 11, 2018

Getting Real-time Personal Health Data on the Go With Implantable Sensor Relays

By Jesse Stanchak

Personalized medicine is one step closer for consumers, thanks to tiny, implantable sensors that could give an early warning of a person’s developing health problems, indicate the most effective type of exercise for an individual athlete, or even help triage wounded soldiers. That’s the vision for a family of personal health data sensor devices that […]

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June 8, 2018

Microfluidic Device Draws Kidney Dialysis Buffer from Blood

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan, for C&EN

Artificial dialysis mimics the kidneys’ function of filtering wastes from blood, which is crucial to keep patients who are suffering from advanced renal disease alive. Dialysis machines typically work by causing the body’s excess water, urea, creatinine, and other wastes to diffuse into a buffer solution, a process that requires approximately 6 L of dialysis […]

June 8, 2018

Bioconjugate Chemistry Honors Best Poster Presenters at Chinese Chemical Society Meeting

By Molly Ferns

On May 8, 2018, Bioconjugate Chemistry presented the Best Poster Awards at the 31th Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) Meeting in Hangzhou, China. Presenting on behalf of the journal was Associate Editor Professor Zhifei Dai from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Peking University, who joined the journal this year. Joining him were Professor Chunying Chen […]

June 7, 2018

Meet the Winners of the 2018 Langmuir Lectureship Award

By Marcus Anderson

Professors Kathleen Stebe of University of Pennsylvania and Orlin Velev North Carolina State University are the winners of the 2018 Langmuir Lectureship Award,  Langmuir and the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry announce. The award recognizes individuals working in the interdisciplinary field of colloid and surface chemistry. “This year’s Langmuir lecturers are outstanding scientists who display […]

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June 5, 2018

Susan Band Horwitz Honored with Journal of Natural Products Special Issue

By Mia Fields-Hall

The Journal of Natural Products is honoring the significant accomplishments of Professor Susan Band Horwitz with a Special Issue. Several of the contributed manuscripts highlight the profound impact of Horwitz’s discovery of the mechanism of action of taxol (paclitaxel,  Taxol®), on the fields of natural products, cancer pharmacology, and clinical oncology for almost 40 years. Taxol and […]

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June 4, 2018

3 Elements of a Great Scientific Talk

By Jesse Stanchak

Structure is critical to a great scientific talk. Your talk needs the proper organization if you’re going to grab your audience’s attention and hold it all the way through to the end of your presentation. But what does the organization of a memorable scientific talk look like? Georgia Tech Professor Will Ratcliff suggests using a […]

June 1, 2018

2018 Priestley Medal Winner Geraldine Richmond On Her Legacy In and Out of the Lab

By Jesse Stanchak

Professor Geraldine Richmond of the University of Oregon won the 2018 Priestly Medal for her research in molecular and surface chemistry. But her professional accomplishments extend well outside her lab. She’s also a passionate educator and a tireless advocate for science and the advancement of women within scientific disciplines. In this video, she discusses her […]

June 1, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Yeast Metabolites of Glycated Amino Acids in Beer — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Yeast metabolites of glycated amino acids in beer — 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 transformative power […]

10 Keys to an Engaging Scientific Presentation

May 31, 2018

10 Keys to an Engaging Scientific Presentation

By Jesse Stanchak

What makes an engaging scientific presentation? Georgia Tech Professor Will Ratcliff uses a method based on the style of nature documentary presenter David Attenborough. Ratcliff’s approach looks to capture an audience’s natural curiosity by using engaging visuals and simple storytelling techniques. Here are his 10 keys to an engaging scientific presentation: 1) Be an Entertainer First: […]

Femius Koenderink Wins 2018 ACS Photonics Young Investigator Award Lectureship

May 30, 2018

Femius Koenderink Wins 2018 ACS Photonics Young Investigator Award Lectureship

By Marcus Anderson

ACS Photonics is proud to announce Professor Femius Koenderink, Head of the Center for Nanophotonics at AMOLF in The Netherlands, as the winner of the 2018 ACS Photonics Young Investigator Award Lectureship. The lectureship, established in 2016, honors the contributions of a researcher in the first 5-10 years of their independent research career, who has made […]

Candy Cane’ Polymer Weave

May 29, 2018

How A ‘Candy Cane’ Polymer Weave Could Power the Future of Functional Fabrics and Devices

By Jesse Stanchak

Batteries, specifically lithium-ion batteries, dominate the energy storage landscape. However, the chemical reactions underlying the charging and discharging process in batteries are slow, limiting how much power they can deliver. Plus, batteries tend to degrade over time, requiring replacement. An alternate energy storage device, the supercapacitor, charges rapidly and generates serious power, which could potentially […]

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May 25, 2018

The Benefits of Publishing with ACS

By Angela Carlson

Even though ACS is a relatively small, not-for-profit organization, we’re one of the most influential scientific publishers in the world. As our tagline goes, we’re one of the most trusted, most cited, and most read publishers, and we do this by providing many perks that other publishers don’t and offering authors the opportunity to be […]

May 24, 2018

Ancient Reaction Inspires Method for Making Porous Catalysts

By Katherine Bourzac for C&EN

A recipe for better electrocatalysts takes inspiration from an ancient reaction used in fireworks, known as the pharaoh’s snakes. With heat and the foaming power of baking soda, a simple mix of ingredients can be turned into a high surface area, nanostructured catalyst for oxygen reduction in fuel cells and zinc-air batteries. Fuel cells offer […]

Chemiluminescent

May 23, 2018

Shining a Light on a Chemiluminescent Success Story with ACS Central Science

By Jesse Stanchak

Professor Doron Shabat of Tel-Aviv University knew he had a hit on his hands: his chemiluminescent compound could be used in biological probes for diagnosing diseases. This wasn’t a new idea, but his version was water-resistant and 3,000 times brighter than standard commercially available probes. He just needed to get the word out. That’s why […]

May 22, 2018

Engineered Silkworms Spin Unusual Amino Acids into Silk

By Erika Gebel Berg for C&EN

Silk is smooth, strong, and biocompatible, making it a prized material for many applications. Scientists have tried all kinds of tricks to improve silk or imbue it with new properties: They have fed silkworms graphene or titanium dioxide to make stronger threads, fed them dyes to incorporate colors, and reprocessed silk to increase its elasticity. In the latest thread of the story, researchers […]

May 21, 2018

Fall ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians Applications Due June 22, 2018

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications is excited to announce our call for applications for the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts August 19-23, 2018. Librarians who have never attended an ACS National Meeting, or who have not attended in […]

May 18, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of April 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 […]

May 18, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Organic/Inorganic Chemistry Articles of April 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 […]

May 18, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of April 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 […]

May 18, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Materials Science & Engineering Articles of April 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 […]

May 18, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of April 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 […]

May 18, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of April 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 […]

May 18, 2018

Discover the Most-Read Analytical Chemistry Articles of April 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 […]

May 18, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Diminishing Vehicle Tailpipe Emissions — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Fabrication of self-healing hydrogels, detection of lung cancer, diminishing vehicle tailpipe emissions — 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 […]

May 16, 2018

Welcome the Newest Associate Editors of ACS Publications Journals: Q1 2018

By Jesse Stanchak

When a scientific journal adds a new associate editor or senior editor, that change means more for readers than just a tweak to the masthead.  New editors bring new experiences, new perspectives, and new ideas to their publications. Get to know some of ACS’ latest editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to […]

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Chemistry Research Topics

May 15, 2018

11 Essential Chemistry Research Topics

By Freddy Tellez

ACS Publications regularly produces Virtual Collections of the most important research topics in chemistry research, including Special Issues and ACS Selects from across the portfolio journals. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and educators alike. *** Machine Learning Machine Learning (ML) is assuming an increasingly important role […]

May 14, 2018

2018 IPMI Carol Tyler Award Goes to Cathleen Crudden

By Mia Fields-Hall

Professor Cathleen Crudden of Queen’s University, Nagoya University-ITbM, Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis, is the recipient of the 2018 IPMI Carol Tyler Award. The International Precious Metal Institute’s Carol Tyler Award recognizes the achievements of women researching precious metals. Crudden is known for her leading work on palladium-catalyzed cross coupling with enantioenriched organoboranes, as well as research on the […]

May 14, 2018

Read 20 of the Most-Read Articles from Chemical Reviews

By Marcus Anderson

Reviews published in Chemical Reviews are both timely and timeless. They cover important, ground-breaking, and current topics, yet their comprehensive nature extends their educational potential for years after publication. That’s why it’s one of the most highly regarded and highest-ranked journals covering the general topic of chemistry. Check out some of the most-read Reviews from […]

May 11, 2018

Royal Society Honors ACS Editors and EAB Members

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Publications Editors are among the newest Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society, an honor recognizing their exceptional contributions to science. The Royal Society is the world’s oldest continuously operating scientific society, and election to the body is considered one of the most prestigious distinctions in science. Currently, the society has about 1,600 […]

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May 11, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Engineering Crystal Properties Through Solid Solutions — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Engineering crystal properties through solid solutions, rational electrode-electrolyte design for efficient ammonia electrosynthesis under ambient conditions, exploring GPCR–lipid interactions by molecular dynamics simulations — 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 […]

May 10, 2018

Professors Matthew I. Gibson and Jeremiah A. Johnson Win 2018 Biomacromolecules/ Macromolecules Young Investigator Award

By Molly Ferns

The ACS journals Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules and ACS Macro Letters in partnership with the Division of Polymer Chemistry are proud to announce the selection of Professors Matthew I. Gibson of the University of Warwick and Jeremiah A. Johnson, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the winners of the 2018 Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. Professors Gibson and […]

May 9, 2018

4 Ways ACS Publications is Advancing Chemistry

By Angela Carlson

ACS Publications is more than just a publisher. It supports the chemistry community in a variety of ways, including developing educational programs, holding outreach events to help researchers achieve their career and publishing goals, providing research funding, and collaborating with other organizations. What is ACS Reviewer Lab and Why Was It Created? Peer review is […]

Inorganic Chemistry Explores the 5 Stages of Rejection

May 8, 2018

Inorganic Chemistry Explores the 5 Stages of Rejection

By Stephen Ritter

Manuscript rejection is a normal part of the scientific publishing process. It happens to all researchers, from novices to Nobel Laureates, at one time or another.  Intellectually that makes sense—especially when it happens to someone else—but what should you do when a rejection notice shows up in your inbox? “First, take a breath. Take a […]

May 8, 2018

Congratulations to Vern Schramm of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Winner of the 2018 Gordon Hammes Lectureship Award

By Charley James

Professor Vern Schramm will present a talk and receive his award during the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition. The Gordon Hammes Award Lecture will take place on Sunday, August 19 beginning at 4:30 P.M. in Room 153B of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The Award Reception will follow immediately after the Lectures in the same […]

Quantitative Sustainability Metrics

May 7, 2018

Promoting the Development and Use of Quantitative Sustainability Metrics

By Freddy Tellez

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering has a history of calling for the increased use of quantitative sustainability metrics, and increasingly considers the use of sustainability metrics in its editorial decisions. Now the journal is demonstrating that commitment with a Virtual Special Issue containing contributions from well-known authors in the field and addressing diverse topics in the field. […]