Category: Videos

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 […]

  • What Chemists Do

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, […]

improving engine emissions

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 […]

  • food science
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,” […]

  • Priestley Medal
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 […]

  • cancer

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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  • insulin

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 […]

  • batteries

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 […]

November 10, 2016

Take a 360° Lab Tour With JACS’ Taeghwan Hyeon

By Joseph Graham

Taeghwan Hyeon is a Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea. He is also Director of the Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute for Basic Science. In addition, Professor Hyeon is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). We met with Hyeon for a brief […]

  • 360º Videos
  • In the Lab

November 8, 2016

Using Hydrogels to Heal Damaged Hearts

By Jesse Stanchak

During a heart attack, clots or narrowed arteries block blood flow, harming or killing cells within the tissue. Afterwards, those damaged tissues may weaken and pump less blood. Researchers may have discovered an effective treatment to heart failure, in the form of hydrogels. In animal tests, injections of hydrogels into the heart were able to […]

November 2, 2016

Perspectives on Electro- and Photoreduction of CO2

By Jesse Stanchak

In this video from ACS Energy Letters,  Csaba Janaky of the University of Szeged in Hungary sheds new light on the possibility of using solar energy to convert CO2 into fuels, such as hydrocarbons or alcohols. Such a process could be enormously beneficial, since it could fight climate change by reducing CO2 levels, while also […]

  • Perspectives

October 31, 2016

What Happens to Your Body When You Feel Afraid?

By Jesse Stanchak

Halloween is a season for  jitters and jump-scares galore. But what happens inside your body when you feel afraid? And why do so many of us seem to actually like scaring ourselves silly? ACS Chemical Neuroscience Associate Editor Anne Andrews recently appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to uncover the mysteries behind the chemistry of fright. […]

October 26, 2016

Going Back to the Future With Organometallics Distinguished Author Valentine P. Ananikov

By Jesse Stanchak

More than five years ago, Irina P. Beletskaya and Valentine P. Ananikov published an article in Organometallics entitled, “Can We Predict the Future of Organometallic Chemistry?” The article took a critical eye to the past and present state of the discipline as it stood in 2011. Additionally, the authors made predictions about the future of […]

October 19, 2016

New from ACS Presentations on Demand: Philadelphia National Meeting Recordings!

By John F. Gardiner

Philadelphia National Meeting Recordings are now on ACS Presentations on Demand! ACS members have exclusive viewing privileges to the just-released select technical recordings from the Fall 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia. More than 200 recordings are available for immediate viewing. The Presentations on Demand website also underwent a redesign earlier this year, making recordings […]

  • 252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition

October 14, 2016

Nanoparticles that Speed Blood Clotting May Someday Save Lives

By Jesse Stanchak

Whether severe trauma occurs on the battlefield or the highway, saving lives often comes down to stopping the bleeding as quickly as possible. Many methods for controlling external bleeding exist, but at this point, only surgery can halt blood loss inside the body from injury to internal organs. Now, researchers have developed nanoparticles that congregate […]

  • nanoparticles
University of Maryland Library

October 12, 2016

Take a 360° tour In the Library at the University of Maryland

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications is excited to partner with our academic libraries and librarians to bring the new “In the Library” series to ACS Axial. “In the Library” features stories, videos, and tours of academic libraries across the globe led by the devoted librarians who work there. For our first installment of this series, we visited the […]

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  • University of Maryland