Category: Videos

June 3, 2016

Studying Nanoparticle Drug Delivery In Clear Organs

By Jesse Stanchak

Nanoparticle technology has the potential to treat disease without side effects through better drug delivery. One of the main obstacles researchers face is being able to see where drug-loaded nanoparticles go once they’re inside organs and tissues. Warren Chan and his colleagues in Canada and Germany injected an acrylamide hydrogel into organs and tissues removed […]

  • drug delivery
  • nanoparticles

June 1, 2016

Life in the Lab: Developing New Medicines

By Jesse Stanchak

Wendy Young, PhD, is the vice president of Small Molecule Discovery Chemistry at Genentech. Young’s work gives her the ability to develop effective medicines for patients with unmet medical needs. “Drug discovery is a puzzle and it’s just so much fun meeting with my team members, my colleagues, working on the puzzle to build the […]

  • medicine

May 24, 2016

Cleaning Water With Tiny Motors

By Jesse Stanchak

Motors are an essential component of some of our largest machines, but motors don’t have to be huge to have a big impact. Scientists are developing new motors that are tiny and soft. They run on things like light, magnetic effects or chemical solutions. And they can serve specific functions — including cleaning up pollution. […]

May 10, 2016

Understanding SERS, TERS and SHINERS in Catalysis

By Jesse Stanchak

Substrate instability and insufficient signal enhancement still limit the applicability of surface–enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and tip–enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) in the field of catalysis. But by using sophisticated colloidal synthesis methods and advanced techniques, such as shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS), these challenges could be overcome, as Thomas Hartman and Caterina S. Wondergem explain in this video. The duo provide an introduction […]

  • catalysis
  • SERS
  • spectroscopy
  • TERS
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

April 22, 2016

Life in the Lab: The Future of Biological Materials and Biofuels

By Jesse Stanchak

Challa Vijaya Kumar, Ph.D, is a professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut. Prof. Kumar’s research interest is in the production of functional materials that are biodegradable. He is also interested in using chemical reactions to transform these materials into something that people can benefit from, such as biofuel cell-based power. Watch this video […]

  • biofuels
  • Challa Vijaya Kumar
  • Earth Day 2016
  • video

April 20, 2016

Take a 360° Lab Tour With The Journal of Physical Chemistry’s John T. Fourkas

By Joseph Graham

John T. Fourkas is the Millard Alexander Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland in College Park. Fourkas is also the Senior Editor for The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, and C, a position he’s held since 2002. We recently caught up with Fourkas for a brief video […]

  • In the Lab
  • John T. Fourkas
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Dennis Liotta

April 19, 2016

Dennis Liotta at TEDx: Finding Treatments for Neglected Diseases

By Renee John

Dennis Liotta wants to make some of the world’s most devastating diseases a thing of the past. Liotta is the Executive Director of the Emory Institute for Drug Development and Editor-in-Chief of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters. And he has devoted his career to developing drugs for so-called “neglected diseases,” conditions that mostly affect poorer countries […]

  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • Dennis Liotta
  • TEDx
TED Talk on using nanoscience to treat cancer

April 14, 2016

Video: Can Nanoscience Offer a “Superweapon” for Fighting Cancer?

By Jesse Stanchak

Not all cancers are created equal. Some types of cancer, such as ovarian, stomach and pancreatic, can survive rounds of surgery and chemotherapy. Paula T. Hammond, Associate Editor of ACS Nano, calls these types of cancer “supervillains.” She says their persistence often stems from one of a number of genetic mutations. These mutations can confer […]

  • ACS Nano
  • cancer
  • medicine
  • nanoscience

April 12, 2016

What Chemists Do: The Science Behind Sandpaper With Sarah Mullins

By Jesse Stanchak

You might not realize it, but sandpaper is a big deal. Many of the manufactured items in our lives need to be buffed and smoothed in some way before we can use them. Sandpaper isn’t one size fits all, either. Different materials can require a different sandpaper to achieve an optimal finish. It’s not a […]

  • 3M
  • industrial chemistry
  • sandpaper
  • Sarah Mullins

March 31, 2016

Kai Rossen Talks about the Evolution of Organic Process Research & Development

By Bryan McBournie

Now in its 20th year of publication, Organic Process Research & Development (OPR&D) is experiencing an evolution. Dr. Kai Rossen, who became Editor-in-Chief of the journal at the beginning of 2015, is working together with Associate Editor Dr. Qilong Shen to position OPR&D to better reflect recent changes within the broad field of industrial process […]

  • Kai Rossen
  • Organic Process Research & Development

March 23, 2016

New Lipstick Analysis Method Could Help Catch Criminals

By Jesse Stanchak

You know that scene in your favorite police procedural where the detective finds a tiny lipstick sample on a napkin or a shirt collar and sends it off to the lab for analysis? On TV the sample comes back in a flash and the culprit is always wearing some exotic brand of lipstick that makes […]

March 22, 2016

3-D Printing Tech Could Someday Make Replacement Ears a Reality

By Jesse Stanchak

Athletes, the elderly and others who suffer from injuries and arthritis can lose cartilage and experience a lot of pain. Cartilage is a tissue which has very poor regenerative potential. Researchers are now reporting in Biomacromolecules, however, that they found a way to produce the “rubbery”  cartilage tissue with 3-D bioprinting and human cells that produce […]

  • 3-D Printing
  • ACS National Meeting
  • video

March 21, 2016

Video: What Does a Toxicologist Do All Day?

By Jesse Stanchak

Toxicology is an important field — but it’s not always easy to communicate that value to a non-scientific audience. Telling people you’re a “poison expert” usually doesn’t make for great cocktail party conversation, jokes Hans Plugge, S.M., a senior database toxicologist at 3E Company. In this video, he talks about the impact of his work […]

  • industry
  • toxicology

March 17, 2016

Video: Learning to talk About Chemistry in Informal Environments

By Jesse Stanchak

Communicating the value of chemistry to non-scientists is essential to the future of the field. Chemistry can seem intimidating or even dangerous to the uninitiated. One of the most effective ways to teach people about science is in informal settings, but this can every bit as challenging as doing research — if you’re not used […]

  • Engineering and Medicine
  • Katie Cottingham
  • Mark Ratner
  • Mary Kirchhoff
  • National Academies of Sciences
  • science communications

March 16, 2016

Video: Using cactus to clean fish tanks

By Jesse Stanchak

Fish farms are essential to meeting global demand for seafood. Keeping so many fish in compact tanks can have some unpleasant side effects, however, as sediments, bacteria and heavy metals like arsenic can build up in the water — and then end up in someone’s fish dinner. Cleaning these tanks can be difficult and expensive, […]

  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Norma A. Alcantar
  • video

March 15, 2016

Video: Exploring Metal Oxides as Photoanodes

By Jesse Stanchak

The hunt is on for better ways to store solar energy for future use. One promising looking avenue is using metal oxides as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this video, Alex Rettie and Will Chemelewski look at two potential anode candidates: bismuth vanadate and iron oxide. They explain their recent research into the field […]

  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

March 14, 2016

Turning a bacterial weapon into a new drug delivery mechanism

By Jesse Stanchak

The fight to survive, even among single-celled organisms, can be nasty. Some bacteria defend themselves using protein ribbons that can unfurl, punching through the membranes of other cells  as it elongates and releasing a deadly payload. New research in ACS Synthetic Biology suggests there may be a way to harness this ability to deliver drugs or […]

  • ACS Synthetic Biology
  • drug delivery
  • video

February 29, 2016

Life in the Lab: Understanding Accidents With Mary Beth Mulcahy

By Jesse Stanchak

When a serious safety incident occurs in a lab, investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are called in to help figure out what went wrong. Sound like something out of an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation? Mary Beth Mulcahy, Ph.D, an investigator at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, says her job isn’t like […]

  • careers
  • Mary Beth Mulcahy
  • U.S. Chemical Safety Board
Jaime Curtis Fisk

February 16, 2016

Life in the Lab: Exploring Formulation Science with Jaime Curtis-Fisk

By Jesse Stanchak

What’s it like to be a formulation scientist at the Dow Chemical Company? In this video, Jaime Curtis-Fisk talks about her work designing cellulose derivative polymers at Dow and shares the real-world impact of her research. She also discusses her professional journey, how she found a role that makes her happy and the special challenges faced […]

  • Biochemistry
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • JACS
  • Jaime Curtis-Fisk
  • Macromolecules
David Sedlak

February 11, 2016

David Sedlak: How Cities Can Meet Their Growing Water Needs

By Freddy Tellez

David Sedlak is off to a great start in 2016. The Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering and his TED Talk, “4 Ways We Can Avoid a Catastrophic Drought” is a hit on YouTube. Check out David Sedlak’s TED Talk and a revealing follow-up interview on recycled water technology, conservation, […]

  • David Sedlak
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • TED Talk
  • video
litium-ion batteries

February 3, 2016

Perspectives on the Electrode–Electrolyte Interface in Lithium-Ion Batteries

By Jesse Stanchak

Longer-lasting batteries would be a boon to humanity, helping both the environment and our equipment budgets. One roadblock, however, is that common lithium-ion batteries aren’t as well understood as you might think. Researchers have been studying their electrode/electrolyte interface (EEI) for 40 years and questions still linger about how certain compounds form in the EEI, […]

  • Electrochemical Energy Laboratory
  • electrode/electrolyte interface
  • lithium-ion batteries
  • Magali Gauthier
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
5 black chemists who changed the world

February 1, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month with 5 Remarkable Black Chemists

By Jesse Stanchak

The history of chemistry is full of contributions from black scientists. They have made important discoveries in areas such as agriculture, medicine and more. They have helped firefighters, aided criminal investigations and even gone to space! Celebrate Black History Month with this video looking back at the lives of five important black chemists, produced in […]

  • Betty Harris
  • black chemists
  • black history month
  • George Washington Carver
  • Mae Jemison
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Patricia Bath
  • Percy Julian

January 26, 2016

Watch how spermbots could someday help couples conceive

By Jesse Stanchak

Infertility is a complex issue, filled with both practical and emotional challenges. It can be particularly frustrating when the difficulty lies in just one small part of the fertilization process, such as low sperm motility. In these cases, the sperms are healthy and viable, but they have difficulty reaching the egg on their own because […]

  • ACS Nano Letters
  • artificial insemination
  • assisted reproduction
  • infertility
  • micromotors
  • nano devices
  • spermbots

January 21, 2016

Video: Meet ACS Sensors EIC J. Justin Gooding

By Chi Wang

ACS Sensors is one of the newest journals from the American Chemical Society, publishing its very first issue on Jan. 22. But just what is the journal’s mission? What kinds of submissions is it looking for? And what drives ACS Sensors Editor-in-Chief J. Justin Gooding to lead this new journal? In this quick video, Gooding […]

  • ACS Sensors
  • J. Justin Gooding
  • video
Gum and carbon nanotubes sensor

January 4, 2016

Watch Carbon Nanotubes Give Used Chewing Gum a Second Life

By Jesse Stanchak

You might think gum is useless once it’s been chewed, but researchers at the University of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba have a surprising new application for this sticky substance. By combining chewing gum with carbon nanotubes, they built a durable yet flexible motion sensor that could have a variety of […]

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • carbon nanotubes
  • chewing gum
  • Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
  • health sensors
  • University of Manitoba

October 28, 2015

Real-life CSI: Age Dating Fingerprints

By Selenah Njoloma

Find out how researchers at NIST are using mass spectrometry to determine how long a finger print has been at a crime scene in new research published in Analytical Chemistry. Watch the latest episode of ACS Headline Science to learn more.

  • Analytical Chemistry

October 8, 2015

Now on YouTube: The ACS Nanotation Video Playlist!

By Heather Tierney

ACS Nanotation is a community-driven multimedia forum spearheaded by ACS Nano Editor-in-Chief Paul Weiss and presented by ACS Publications. It is the premier destination for nanoscience and nanotechnology news, highlights, and community. Recently, the forum consisted of only a Facebook page by the same name, as well as the @ACSNanotation, @ACSNano and @NanoLetters Twitter feeds. […]

  • ACS Nano
  • Nano Letters

October 6, 2015

Langmuir: 30 years of Fostering Innovation

By Selenah Njoloma

As is fitting for any milestone anniversary, the journal Langmuir has much to take pride in as it celebrates three decades of publication. For the journal’s 30th anniversary, ACS released a virtual issue that highlights Langmuir’s most significant papers and a video that underlines what makes the journal so compelling. In August, a symposium showcased […]

  • Langmuir

September 9, 2015

Why Molecular Formula Strings are Important for Medicinal Chemists

By Renee John

Creating Molecular Formula Strings is simple, yet these computer-readable formulas can be a powerful addition to your medicinal chemistry toolkit. Watch Dr. Michael K. Gilson from the University of California, San Diego explains how to prepare Molecular Formula Strings for manuscript submission. Learn more about Molecular Formula Strings.  

  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Researchers

September 1, 2015

Take 5 Minutes to Raise Your Article’s Impact

By Renee John

The Drug Annotations series was launched in 2014 to highlight newly approved drugs or clinical candidates that are likely to provide significant patient benefits over existing therapies. Watch Dr. Jeff Zablocki, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Drug Annotations Editor from Gilead Sciences Inc. introduce the Drug Annotations series, describes its impact on the field and provides advice to authors interested in […]

  • Authors
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

August 14, 2015

Are Invisibility Cloaks Possible?

By Angela Walker

Have you ever wished you could hide under an invisibility cloak like Harry Potter or conceal your car with a Klingon cloaking device like in Star Trek?

  • ACS Photonics
  • Authors
  • Meta Materials
  • Multimedia
  • Researchers