Category: Videos

June 23, 2017

A Perspective on Sparingly Solvating Electrolytes for High Energy Density Lithium–Sulfur Batteries

By Jesse Stanchak

Moving to lighter and less expensive battery chemistries compared to contemporary lithium-ion requires the control of energy storage mechanisms based on chemical transformations rather than intercalation. Lithium–sulfur (Li/S) has tremendous theoretical specific energy, but contemporary approaches to control this solution-mediated, precipitation–dissolution chemistry require large excesses of electrolyte to fully solubilize the polysulfide intermediates. Achieving reversible […]

June 16, 2017

What Chemists Do: Janssen’s Mark Tichenor

By Jesse Stanchak

As a principal scientist at Janssen, Mark Tichenor’s main responsibility is to identify new drug targets for immunology diseases. But it takes more than a team of medicinal chemists to figure out the types of medicines that can best treat patients with these diseases. In this interview, Tichenor shares his excitement about the opportunity to […]

June 9, 2017

What Chemists Do: Dow Electronic Materials’ Matthew Grandbois

By Jesse Stanchak

Matthew Grandbois is a corporate account market manager at Dow Electronic Materials. Grandbois utilizes his background in R&D to develop technologies and products that meet the needs of Dow’s key customers. In this video interview, he shares his story of how he uses his background and knowledge to serve customers and the types of skills […]

June 2, 2017

What Chemists Do: Medtronic’s Jerbrena Jacobs

By Jesse Stanchak

What if there was a chemical that could grow bone, speeding up the recovery process for numerous patients? Jerbrena “Bre” Jacobs, a senior scientist in Biologic Active Ingredients at Medtronic, is working to make that happen. In her “What Chemists Do” video, she describes her role as a liaison between different people at Medtronic, and […]

June 1, 2017

In the Lab 360° with Robin D. Rogers

By Joseph Graham

Robin D. Rogers is the Editor-in-Chief of Crystal Growth & Design and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGil University. He is know for his research into ionic liquid systems. Recently Rogers offered ACS Axial readers a 360º look inside his lab, including a look at some of his […]

May 26, 2017

What Chemists Do: JenKem Technology’s Mark Frishberg

By Alexa Billow

Mastering the step-by-step synthesis of pharmaceuticals is no small feat. Throw in developing medical machinery and you have an enduring commitment to science. Mark Frishberg has been captivated by chemistry since the age of 6. Watch as he discusses his lifelong passion and the pursuit of chemistry as a career, not just a first job. […]

May 12, 2017

What Chemists Do: Wildcat Discovery Technologies’ Dee Strand

By Alexa Billow

If your phone’s battery life has improved from model to model, thank a materials scientist. As the Chief Scientific Officer of Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Dee Strand wears many hats. Her research firm works to develop better, more efficient batteries. Watch as she discusses mentoring, choosing a career track, and the big questions in the future […]

May 5, 2017

What Chemists Do: Argonne National Laboratory’s Arun Wagh

By Jesse Stanchak

Arun Wagh is a consultant for Argonne National Laboratory. As a consultant and scientist, he helps to develop environmentally-friendly and durable coatings using inorganic materials. Watch him explain the advantages of the coatings that he develops in this video interview. Learn more about jobs available to chemists at the College to Career site.

April 21, 2017

What Chemists Do: Dow Chemical Company’s Andrea Greyson

By Jesse Stanchak

Andrea Greyson is the Technical Sales Service Manager for Industrial Coatings at The Dow Chemical Company. Industrial coatings are an integral part of keeping machinery in service for longer. Watch Andrea’s interview as she explains the challenges of working in this segment of the chemical industry, and the excitement of getting a product into customers’ […]

April 19, 2017

Using Ultraflexible Transparent Film to Improve Heat Therapy

By Jesse Stanchak

To soothe aches and pains, many people turn to heating pads, patches or creams. Although a common practice, thermotherapy can cause burns. Now researchers are developing a transparent heating pad that allows users to see through it to monitor their skin’s color and prevent such injuries. Watch a video on transparent heating pads: Read the […]

April 14, 2017

What Chemists Do: Compound Interest’s Andy Brunning

By Jesse Stanchak

Andy Brunning is a chemistry teacher and the creator, writer, and artist behind some truly great chemistry graphics. When Brunning is not in the classroom teaching, he can be found creating infographics for Compound Interest, a website that he runs single-handedly from Cambridge, UK. These infographics, which also appear in C&EN, allow people to learn […]

April 11, 2017

Maple Syrup Extract Enhances Antibiotics

By Jesse Stanchak

Antibiotics save lives every day, but there is a downside to their ubiquity. High doses can kill healthy cells along with infection – causing bacteria, while also spurring the creation of “superbugs” that no longer respond to known antibiotics. Now, researchers may have found a natural way to cut down on antibiotic use without sacrificing […]

April 7, 2017

Ridding the Oceans of Plastics by Turning the Waste into Valuable Fuel

By Jesse Stanchak

Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world’s oceans. Now, a Ph.D. organic chemist and a sailboat captain report that they are developing a process to reuse certain plastics, transforming them from worthless trash into a valuable diesel fuel with a small mobile reactor. They envision the technology could someday be implemented globally […]

April 6, 2017

Watch How Lasers Could Someday Reveal Structural Damage in Airplanes

By Jesse Stanchak

Imagine being able to check the structural integrity of an airplane, ship or bridge, without having to dismantle it or remove any material for testing, which could further compromise the structure. That’s the promise of a new laser-based technique that chemists are developing to reveal hidden damage in metals. Learn more about this research: Watch […]

April 5, 2017

Hair Fiber Analysis Could Provide Investigators With New Clues

By Jesse Stanchak

Hair fiber analysis, a forensic crime tool with a questionable past, could soon have a brighter future thanks to the development of a more refined scientific technique that could reveal much about a person’s lifestyle. Scientists say the new technique could potentially provide investigators with vital clues about a person’s age, sex, body mass, diet […]

April 4, 2017

Experimental Treatment Reverses Paralysis Caused by Autoimmune Diseases in Mice

By Jesse Stanchak

In the ultimate betrayal, one’s own immune system can turn against the protective sheath that envelops neurons in the brain, leaving the body paralyzed. Researchers have developed an experimental treatment that tames the wayward immune system in rodents, returning the power of movement to paralyzed mice. The approach may someday combat autoimmune diseases, such as […]

March 28, 2017

What Was ACS Doing at SXSW 2017?

By Jesse Stanchak

Earlier this year, representatives of the American Chemical Society visited Austin, Texas, to attend the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals. SXSW is synonymous with new ideas and important discussions, but chemistry isn’t typically part of the programming. Yet ACS was able to engage attendees in a variety of ways, including a series of […]

March 21, 2017

Exploring Metal Phosphides as Efficient OER Precatalysts

By Chi Wang

Over the last 2 years, researchers investigated metal phosphides as efficient electrocatalysts for both hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions (HER and OER). While a large number of studies looked closely at HER, however, the amount of research into OER is limited. The chemistry in the OER is more complicated and involves irreversible surface oxidations of […]

March 8, 2017

Exploring the Bright Side of Perovskites With The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

By Chi Wang

Will the future of halide perovskites shine bright? In this perspective the potential impact of these fascinating materials is evaluated foreseeing light-emitting application. The easy tuning of the material’s optoelectronic and properties, particularly towards exciton confinement and intrinsic resonating structures, ensure a great potential for the development of high-power applications, such as lighting and lasing. […]

February 27, 2017

Check Out Sukbok Chang’s Lab in 360°

By Joseph Graham

Sukbok Chang is a Professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology) and Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis. We visited Professor Chang for a tour of his lab and caputred the experience in an immersive 360° video. IMPORTANT NOTE TO ACS AXIAL READERS! This is a 360º video, which means you can use your […]

February 22, 2017

Get to Know The Journal of Organic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Scott J. Miller

By Jesse Stanchak

The Journal of Organic Chemistry’s new Editor-in-Chief, Scott J. Miller, brings considerable experience to the role he assumed on January 1. He is the Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, where he served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2009 through 2016. Miller has published important papers, including his work […]

February 9, 2017

ACS Publications Editors Ring in the Year of the Rooster

By Chi Wang

Belated Happy Lunar New Year greetings from ACS Publications Editors, Ann-Christine Albertsson of Biomacromolecules, Jillian M. Buriak of Chemistry of Materials, Gunda I. Georg of Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Kirk S. Schanze of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, George C. Schatz of The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, C, and Letters, and William B. […]

February 2, 2017

Using Enzymes to Control the Movement of Artificial Cells

By Jesse Stanchak

An advanced understanding of enzymes could lead to a new generation of artificial “cells” that could move around the body independently and deliver medicine to specific locations. Such cells could someday even provide in-tissue diagnostics and act as provide viable replacements for whole cells and organs. Research in ACS Central Science, explains how chemists used […]

January 31, 2017

Watch How Researchers Unraveled the Secret of Water Striders’ Skills

By Jesse Stanchak

Water striders’ ability to walk on water mystified researchers for generations, but now new research published in Langmuir sheds light on this curious phenomenon. Scientists developed a new understanding of this seemingly gravity-defying talent using a trick of their own — studying the bugs’ leg shadows. The researchers placed a white sheet of paper at […]

January 27, 2017

Developing Better Pigments With Viavi Solutions’ Kelly Janssen

By Jesse Stanchak

Kelly Janssen is a research chemist at Viavi Solutions. She uses her knowledge in chemistry to develop sol-gel silica encapsulation process that is used in paints for automobile. Her pigment passivation process improves on older, aluminum-based methods that would corrode in water. That means her pigments can be used in environmentally-friendly water-based paints. In this […]

January 20, 2017

Chemists Share Their Passion For ACS Technical Divisions (Part 2)

By Ebony Shamberger

As a continuation of the ACS Technical Division video series, we highlight four more divisions that are making a lasting impact on chemists across the nation. Watch the testimonials to learn how existing members benefited from being in a community with chemists who share an interest in their specialized field. Good news: Most Technical Divisions […]

January 19, 2017

Meet the Editors of ACS Omega

By Selenah Njoloma

What makes ACS Omega different from other journals? For starters, it has four Co-Editors from all around the world, each bringing a different expertise and a unique point of view to the journal. Cornelia Bohne, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Victoria, Canada and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC) Deqing […]

January 13, 2017

Exploring the Value of Multidisciplinary Teams With Fred Jaeger

By Jesse Stanchak

Fred Jaeger works as an analytical chemist for Bayer CropScience. Jaeger says he loves innovation and the thrill of overcoming challenges. Luckily, his multifaceted career gives him plenty of opportunities to show off his innovative streak. In a previous role, Jaeger was involved in researching proteins that could neutralize HIV. His team discovered one called […]

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January 5, 2017

Recycling Laptop Batteries With Fungi

By Jesse Stanchak

The rechargeable batteries in our smartphones, cars, and tablets can be charged again and again. But they don’t last forever. Old batteries often wind up in landfills or incinerators. These methods of disposal can be potentially harmful to the environment. At the same time, they also leave valuable materials behind in the discarded batteries. Now, […]

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December 30, 2016

Uncovering the Best Target for Improving Engine Emissions

By Jesse Stanchak

Emissions from cars can be a high-stakes issue, as last year’s Volkswagen scandal demonstrated. The pressure is on to meet tightening fuel emissions standards, and in that case it led the carmaker to cheat on emissions tests. But wrongdoing aside, how are automakers going to realistically meet future, tougher emissions requirements to reduce their impact […]

packaging made from milk proteins

December 29, 2016

Could Milk Hold the Answer to Our Food Packaging Problems?

By Jesse Stanchak

The plastic packaging that most foods come wrapped in isn’t just a tremendous source of environmental waste. These kinds of packages aren’t even particularly adept at preventing food spoilage and they may even leech harmful chemicals into food. Now researchers are developing a biodegradable, edible film made from a milk protein called casein to hopefully […]

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Mostafa El-Sayed

December 28, 2016

Diving Into the Nanoscale World With Priestley Medal Winner Mostafa El-Sayed

By Jesse Stanchak

Mostafa El-Sayed’s chemistry career spans almost 60 years. His research includes using lasers and other tools to better understand the properties and behavior of molecules, especially the properties of nanoscale materials. He is a pioneer in the use of nanomedicine to fight cancer. He even has a spectroscopy rule named after him: the “El-Sayed rule,” […]

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How Cancer Spreads

December 27, 2016

Understanding the Factors That Influence How Cancer Spreads

By Jesse Stanchak

Nine out of 10 cancer deaths care caused by cancer cells spreading from the primary tumor to other parts of the body. A better understanding of cell shape adaptation and its relationship to metastasis may lead to better treatment decisions. Why does cancer sometimes spread more aggressively in some patients than others? Part of the […]

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Graphene

December 23, 2016

Finding a Practical Way to Fabricate Graphene Speakers

By Jesse Stanchak

Even today’s smallest portable speakers come in some kind of rigid acoustic cavity – that is, in a box. But now, Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology report a simple way to fabricate these once-elusive thermoacoustic speakers using graphene. Conventional speakers today rely on many mechanical parts that vibrate to create […]

Synthetic Rubber

December 22, 2016

Could Synthetic Rubber Pave the Way for Biodegradable Tires?

By Jesse Stanchak

Non-biodegradable tires have been on environmentalists’ blacklist for decades. According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, nearly 270 million tires were discarded in the U.S. in 2013 — more than one tire per adult living in the country.  More than half go on to become tire-derived fuel — shredded scrap tires that get mixed with coal […]

December 6, 2016

Understanding the Chemistry of How Addictions Form

By Jesse Stanchak

More than a hundred years ago, Ivan Pavlov conducted what would become one of the most famous and influential psychology studies —he conditioned dogs to salivate at the ringing of a bell. Now, scientists are able to see in real time what happens in the brains of live animals during this classic experiment with a […]

November 22, 2016

Tricking the Brain Into Perceiving Tastier Healthy Foods

By Jesse Stanchak

Scientists at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in France may be closing in on a way to let consumers savor the sweet taste of cake, cookies and other culinary delights without the sugar rush. In preliminary tests using a new device that allows them to screen for odor compounds in real foods, they […]

November 18, 2016

Watch How an Insulin Pill Could Transform Diabetes Treatment

By Jesse Stanchak

Every day, millions of Americans with diabetes have to inject themselves with insulin to manage their blood-sugar levels. But less painful alternatives are emerging. Scientists are developing a new way of administering the medicine orally with tiny vesicles that can deliver insulin where it needs to go without a shot. Now they are sharing their […]

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November 15, 2016

How a New Generation of Batteries Could Power Medical Devices

By Jesse Stanchak

Non-toxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. One team reports new progress toward that goal with their batteries made with melanin pigments, naturally found in the skin, hair and eyes. Watch Christopher Bettinger and Hang-Ah Park explain their battery discoveries during this presentation from the 252nd ACS National […]

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November 11, 2016

Developing Anti-Glare Screen Materials With Unusual Inspiration

By Jesse Stanchak

What do squid and jellyfish skin have in common with human skin? All three have inspired a team of chemists to create materials that change color or texture in response to variations in their surroundings. These materials could be used for encrypting secret messages, creating anti-glare surfaces, or detecting moisture or damage, they say. Watch […]