Category: Videos

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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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 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 […]

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 […]

April 3, 2018

ACS Sensors Will Be in China This April! 

By Chi Wang

The ACS Sensors Editorial Team will be in China for a series of university visits and to host the International Chemistry Symposium: Frontiers in Sensors Innovation at East China University of Science and Technology. At each university, the editors will meet students and faculty, share tips on how to publish your work in ACS Sensors, and present their latest research! The […]

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 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 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 […]

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 […]

February 26, 2018

Ali Khademhosseini’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Bryan McBournie

Professor Ali Khademhosseini is a Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, and Radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is an Associate Editor of ACS Nano. He was born in Iran and lived there during the turbulence of the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. When he was young, Khademhosseini’s parents decided to move […]

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February 26, 2018

Anne M. Andrews’ Personal Story of Discovery

By Bryan McBournie

Professor Anne M. Andrews is a Professor of Psychiatry and Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also an Associate Editor at ACS Chemical Neuroscience. Andrews discovered her love of science while in high school. She credits two teachers for inspiring her interests in chemistry through exciting and challenging experiments. […]

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February 26, 2018

Mireille Kamariza’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Bryan McBournie

Mireille Kamariza is a Ph.D. student at Stanford University. Born in Burundi, Kamariza emigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Her experiences growing up in East-Africa in many ways inspired the work she does today. She cites her father as a significant influence in seeking out science as a career. When Kamariza […]

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February 26, 2018

Teri W. Odom’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Bryan McBournie

Professor Teri W. Odom, Ph.D., is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. She is also the Executive Editor of ACS Photonics and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano. Odom said she didn’t picture herself pursuing a career in […]

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February 21, 2018

A special message from ACS Publications 美国化学会给您拜年啦!

By Chi Wang

Happy Chinese New Year! Greetings from the Senior Vice President of ACS Journals Publishing Group, James Milne, and various ACS Editors including Jillian Buriak, Cynthia Burrows, Xiaohong Fang, Prashant Kamat, Luis Liz-Marzán, Kai Rossen, Paul Weiss, and Xinrong Zhang. We wish everyone a happy New Year of the Dog!  To start the new year […]

February 12, 2018

Shining a Light on Ultrafast Microscopy

By Jesse Stanchak

Experimental methods for ultrafast microscopy are advancing rapidly. Promising methods combine ultrafast laser excitation with electron-based imaging or rely on super-resolution optical techniques to enable probing of matter on the nano–femto scale. Ultrafast time-resolved photoemission electron microscopy provides several advantages compared with other methods, such as that time resolution is limited only by the laser […]

January 29, 2018

New Hybrid Material Could Be Used in Flexible Heaters

By Jesse Stanchak

Scientists have developed a flexible heating element using a new hybrid material made of imitation pearl and silver nanowires, according to research published in ACS Applied Nano Materials. The material’s flexibility suggests it may have the potential for use in wearable devices, including medical applications. Watch This Video to Learn More: Nacre, otherwise known as mother […]

January 26, 2018

What Chemists Do: Schrodinger’s Alexander Goldberg

By Jesse Stanchak

How are companies using computers to save time, resources, and money in their quest for developing better materials? Alexander Goldberg, Senior Principal Materials Scientist at Schrodinger, is helping businesses answer that very question, through software written by him and his team. Alexander Goldberg explains why computerized simulations are the future in his “What Chemists Do” […]

Perovskite Nanocrystals

January 19, 2018

Taking a Closer Look at Alternatives to Colloidal Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals

By Jesse Stanchak

Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) became popular in last three decades because of both fundamental properties and applications including energy-related applications, like solar cells, light-emitting diodes, and photocatalysis. One of the major problems of these NCs is the large density of surface defects that trap charge carriers and consequently decreases the efficiency of electronic, optical, and […]

December 28, 2017

What Chemists Do: Manus Biosynthesis’ Hsien-Chung Tseng

By Jesse Stanchak

What are chemists doing to recreate natural substances? Hsien-Chung Tseng, Head of Strain Development at Manus Biosynthesis, is synthesizing materials to supplement the natural supply of ingredients for consumer products as the global population continues to grow. Learn More About Hsien-Chung Tseng’s Work for Manus Biosynthesis in This Video: The What Chemists Do video series highlights just […]

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water-resistant materials direct the flow of water

December 21, 2017

Water-Resistant Materials Control the Flow of Repelled Water

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemists are developing new water-resistant materials for use in coatings that can repel water. These coatings have applications in everything from clothes to car windows and even industrial uses. New research published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces describes a way to direct where the water goes when it beads off a surface. Watch a video describing […]

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December 7, 2017

What Chemists Do: Novartis’ Yves P. Auberson

By Jesse Stanchak

Yves Auberson is the executive director of Global Discovery Chemistry at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Auberson’s team is responsible for designing and synthesizing drugs that are safe for patients suffering from diseases such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. In this video interview, Auberson explains what satisfies him the most about working in chemistry and the […]

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Solid-State Li-Ion

December 5, 2017

Take a Closer Look at Advancements in All-Solid-State Li-Ion Batteries

By Jesse Stanchak

Batteries based on conventional organic electrolytes are useful, but they can present safety concerns. Inorganic solid lithium ion conductors show promise as a replacement. Achieving a level of conductivity in solid lithium ion conductors comparable with that in liquid electrolytes remains a challenge, however. One of the approaches for achieving a desirable conductivity is doping […]

November 30, 2017

Tailoring MoS2 Exciton–Plasmon Interaction by Optical Spin–Orbit Coupling

By Jesse Stanchak

A single-atom-thick monolayer of Molybdenum disulfide is a two-dimensional material with remarkable electronic and optical properties, notes a paper in ACS Nano. These properties make it an ideal candidate for a wide range of optoelectronic applications. However, the atomic monolayer thickness poses a significant challenge in MoS2 photoluminescence emission due to weak light–matter interaction. In […]

November 28, 2017

Video: Taking a Closer Look at Crystal Engineering of Self-Assembled Porous Protein Materials in Living Cells

By Jesse Stanchak

Crystalline porous materials have been investigated for development of important applications in molecular storage, separations, and catalysis. The potential of protein crystals is increasing as they become better understood. Protein crystals have been regarded as porous materials because they present highly ordered 3D arrangements of protein molecules with high porosity and wide range of pore […]

November 27, 2017

What Chemists Do: Outco’s Markus Roggen

By Jesse Stanchak

What are chemists doing to legitimize new industries? Markus Roggen, Vice President of Extraction at Outco, works to make doses of medical marijuana more consistently effective, delivering a more reliable product to the public. The What Chemists Do video series highlights just how many different careers are possible with a background in chemistry. Watch more […]

Plasmon-Coupled Resonance Energy Transfer

November 9, 2017

Video Overview of Plasmon-Coupled Resonance Energy Transfer

By Jesse Stanchak

Watch an overview of resonance energy transfer between molecules in the presence of plasmonic structures and derive an explicit Förster-type expression for the rate of plasmon-coupled resonance energy transfer (PC-RET). Plasmonics is a multidisciplinary field that examines the interaction between electromagnetic fields and conduction electrons in metals and semiconductors. Resonance energy transfer (RET), including radiative […]

chemistry of fear

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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October 27, 2017

Why Should You Publish Open Access? ACS Editors Explain

By Jesse Stanchak

Carolyn Bertozzi and Luis Liz-Marzan are both editors of fully open access journals. Bertozzi ACS Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, while Liz-Marzan is a Co-Editor of ACS Omega. Watch as they each talk about why researchers should consider publishing their next paper open access. Learn more about publishing open access with 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 20, 2017

What Chemists Do: Frontier Scientific Inc.’s Mark Nelson

By Jesse Stanchak

What are chemists doing to make sure that other chemists have funding to do the important work they need to do? Mark Nelson, Vice President of Business and Scientific Development at Frontier Scientific, Inc., works with clients to keep chemists working, and to provide new compounds that move various industries forward. The What Chemists Do […]

Robust New Modeling Tool

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 […]

September 19, 2017

New Videos Ask Scientists: Why is Chemistry Central to What You Do?

By Joseph Graham

In a new series of videos, we visit four chemistry labs in four countries—Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, and the U.S.—and meet four ACS authors who share their passion for advancing science. Take a Closer Look at 4 ASC Authors: Dr. Stefan Laufer, Universität Tübingen Dr. Matthew Wook Chang, National University of Singapore Dr. Hauh-Jyun Candy Chen, […]

September 15, 2017

What Chemists Do: JenKem Technology USA’s Mark Frishberg

By Jesse Stanchak

Mark Frishberg is the Vice President of Business Development at JenKem Technology USA. Throughout his career, Frishberg had the chance to research and develop pharmaceutical ingredients and medical devices for several companies. In this video interview, Frishberg explains the ever-changing nature of chemistry and his advice for students entering the workforce. Learn more about Frishberg […]

September 6, 2017

Providing Rapid, Low-Cost Analysis of Tap Water Using the ‘Coffee-ring effect’

By Jesse Stanchak

Determining chemical makeup of drinking water is an increasingly fraught issue for many people in the U.S. and around the world. Figuring this out isn’t always easy or cheap. Today, scientists are reporting that they are using the familiar “coffee-ring effect” to analyze multiple components in a single drop of water easily, quickly and cheaply. […]

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September 5, 2017

Using Cyborg Bacteria To Turn Sunlight into Useful Compounds

By Jesse Stanchak

Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture more of the sun’s energy than natural photosynthesis can, scientists have taught bacteria to cover themselves in tiny, highly efficient solar panels to produce useful […]

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August 31, 2017

Drinking Water: Healthy, Tasty, or Toxic

By David Sedlak

Attendees of the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington DC had an opportunity to attend a lecture on the chemistry of drinking water by Dr. David Sedlak, Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters. The lecture entitled, “Healthy, Tasty, or Toxic: A Chemist’s View of Drinking Water,” provides […]

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coral reefs

August 28, 2017

Removing the Sunblock Contaminants That Damage Coral Reefs

By Jesse Stanchak

Emerging evidence suggests that a certain important component in many sunblock lotions can be deadly to coral reefs. Now, researchers have developed a biodegradable bead that can soak up the sunblock ingredient, oxybenzone, like a thirsty sea sponge. They hope to use the agent to clean up seawater at beaches. The beads’ matrix consists of […]