Category: Research Highlights

December 6, 2017

Virtual Issue: Celebrating Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Published by Authors in India

By Tamara Hanna

Chemists in India are increasingly publishing cutting-edge organic and inorganic chemistry research, as evidenced by the substantial growth in submissions from authors in India over the last decade (up 173%) across five ACS Publications journals within the organic/inorganic portfolio ( ACS Catalysis, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Letters,  Organometallics, The Journal of Organic Chemistry). In 2016, research from […]

December 1, 2017

Fighting HIV with Chemistry: A Virtual Issue

By Mia Fields-Hall

In 2016, an estimated 36.7 million people around the world were living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Even though scientists only identified the virus in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of the disease, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Nearly 35 years after the discovery of […]

wine legs Marangoni effect

November 22, 2017

Understanding Wine “Legs,” the Marangoni Effect and Minibot Motors

By Jesse Stanchak

As wine enthusiasts know, the “legs” or “tears” that run down a glass after a gentle swirl can yield clues about a wine’s alcohol content. Interestingly, the physical phenomenon — called the Marangoni effect – responsible for creating these tears can be harnessed for practical applications. Scientists have developed little motors that can run based […]

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November 21, 2017

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Cranberry Sauce — And Pectin Chemistry Research!

By Molly Ferns

Thanksgiving is here, so it’s only natural to have food — and the chemistry behind it — on the brain! Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and enjoying being with family and friends, but the meal can also spur disagreement, such as whether canned or homemade cranberry sauce is superior. Regardless of where you stand […]

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November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October 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 October 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, […]

November 20, 2017

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

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October 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 October 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take […]

November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October 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 October 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, […]

November 20, 2017

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

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October 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 October 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take […]

November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October 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 October 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, […]

November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October 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 October 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, […]

November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Analytical Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October 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 October 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, […]

Cannabis Chemistry

November 6, 2017

Cannabis Chemistry: A Closer Look at Toxicant Formation in Dabbing

By Jesse Stanchak

The most-read paper in ACS Omega during September 2017 looked the formation of methacrolein, benzene, and toxicants while “dabbing” with butane hash oil.  This context,“ dabbing” means to put a small amount of cannabis-containing liquid such as butane hash oil on a hot surface, then inhale the vapors via a water pipe. Since cannabis chemistry […]

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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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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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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 23, 2017

Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2017 with Geochemistry Resources from the Journal of Chemical Education

By Freddy Tellez

National Chemistry Week is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the value of chemistry in our everyday life. This year, National Chemistry Week is being celebrated October 22–28, 2017, and the theme, Chemistry Rocks!, explores geochemistry. Make the most of this annual celebration by connecting the […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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 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 […]

September 27, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Analytical Chemistry Articles of August 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in August 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 August 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, […]

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September 27, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of August 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in August 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 August 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, […]

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September 27, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of August 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in August of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read articles that appeared in each biological chemistry ACS Publications journal in August 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, such […]

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September 27, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Materials Science and Engineering Articles of August 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in August 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 August 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take […]

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September 27, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of August 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in August 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 August 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, […]

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September 27, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of August 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in August 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 August 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, […]

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September 27, 2017

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

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in August of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each organic/inorganic chemistry ACS Publications journal in August 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, […]

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September 22, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Heart Repair Using Nanogel-Encapsulated Human Cardiac Stem Cells

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Heart repair using nanogel-encapsulated human cardiac stem cells, emphasizing the molecule in macromolecules, the alanine R3 radical — 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 […]

September 15, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Antimicrobial Properties in Human Milk Oligosaccharides

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Antimicrobial properties in human milk oligosaccharides, mimicking the design of a tree frog’s adhesive toe pad, natural products and their mimics as targets of opportunity for discovery — 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 […]

September 8, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: 3D-Printed Self-Folding Electronics

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: 3D-printed self-folding electronics, improving efficiency of film-based solar cells, a benchmark database of barrier heights on transition metal surfaces — 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 […]

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September 1, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Lead halide perovskite nanocrystals, molecular chemistry of atmospheric brown carbon, synthesis of benzoxazoles — 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 […]

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August 25, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Genomic Enzymology — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Genomic enzymology, ferric heme-nitrosyl complexes, synthesis of benzoxazoles — 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 […]

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