Category: Biological Chemistry

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 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 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, […]

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 […]

Neuroscience 2017

November 2, 2017

Join ACS Chemical Neuroscience at Neuroscience 2017

By Molly Ferns

The Society for Neuroscience’s 47th annual meeting, Neuroscience 2017, in Washington, D.C., is just over a week away! As the largest neuroscience conference, this meeting draws more than 30,000 attendees from over 80 countries worldwide. ACS Chemical Neuroscience is looking forward to joining the excitement with ACS Central Science, ACS Infectious Diseases, ACS Medicinal Chemistry […]

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October 30, 2017

Discover ACS Research with the Highest Altmetric Attention Scores

By Andrew Clinton

In December 2016, we announced our partnership with Altmetric, the alternative metrics platform that provides authors with a single view of the online activity surrounding their scholarly content. Through the partnership with Altmetric, we began to display  Altmetric Attention Scores on all research articles published across our entire portfolio of peer-reviewed research journals. As a […]

October 26, 2017

ACS Editors Elected to National Academy of Medicine

By Jesse Stanchak

Nano Letters Co-Editor Charles M. Lieber and Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) Associate Editor Benjamin F. Cravatt are among the newest members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The health and medical community considers membership in NAM to be one of the field’s top honors. NAM membership recognizes individuals who have demonstrated […]

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 […]

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 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 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

Fluorescent Sensor Measures Ionic Strength in Living Cells

By Melissae Fellet, for C&EN

A fluorescent biosensor is the first to quantify the ionic strength inside living cells. The sensor could enable cell biologists to follow changes in ionic strength over time or at different locations in a cell, changes that are key for controlling protein aggregation. Ionic strength measures the concentration of unbound ions floating in a cell. […]

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 12, 2017

Microneedle Skin Patch Fights Fat

By Prachi Patel for C&EN

A new skin patch can burn fat at the site where it’s applied. Dozens of tiny microneedles on the patch slowly and painlessly deliver a drug that transforms energy-storing white fat into calorie-burning brown fat. Tested on obese mice, the patch reduced abdominal fat, increased metabolism, and brought down glucose levels. It could offer an […]

October 11, 2017

An Easier Way to Tell Fossil Fuels From Biofuels

By Deirdre Lockwood, for C&EN

For those seeking carbon credits for selling or using biofuels, it’s important to know that the fuel actually came from plants that were recently alive, and not from fossil fuels, which are made of plant matter that’s been dead for hundreds of millions of years. Researchers now have an easier way of determining the source […]

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 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

Metallopeptide Catalyst Eases Synthesis of Antibody-Drug Conjugates

By Wudan Yan, for C&EN

Antibody-drug conjugates are promising next-generation cancer therapies that can target and selectively kill malignant cells while sparing healthy ones. These conjugates—in which a drug is bound to an antibody through a small chemical linker—harness the antibody’s ability to recognize markers specific to cancer cells and bring the potent drugs to their intended site of action. […]

September 25, 2017

Call for Papers on Medicinal Chemistry Technology

By Brooke Howell

Medicinal chemistry technology evolves rapidly these days and new developments are continually changing the way we live and work. This is especially true in highly competitive industries such as pharmaceutical research and development and drug discovery. In these industries, the introduction of new enabling technologies that accelerate progress, reduce cycle time, and cut costs is […]

September 19, 2017

Making the Diabetes Drug Exenatide More Stable

By Katherine Gammon, for C&EN

Exenatide, a widely used diabetes drug, requires that patients give themselves a subcutaneous injection at least once per week. But because of a new development, less frequent injections might soon be possible. By tweaking one amino acid of exenatide and attaching it to hydrogel microspheres, researchers have developed a longer-acting version and tested it in […]

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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 […]

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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August 16, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of July 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in July 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 July 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, […]

August 11, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: This Week: Repair-Resistant DNA Lesions — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Repair-resistant DNA lesions, key features of 8-Oxoguanine, transient melting and recrystallization of semiconductor nanocrystals — 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 […]

August 10, 2017

Announcing the 2017 ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award Winners

By Brooke Howell

ACS Infectious Diseases and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards. This year’s honors, which recognize three outstanding young investigators in the field of infectious diseases, are awarded to: Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of […]

August 4, 2017

Eavesdropping on Plant–Insect–Microbe Chemical Communications in Agricultural Ecology

By John J. Beck, Baldwyn Torto, and Rachel L. Vannette

The following is an excerpt from an editorial that originally appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This Virtual Issue highlights recent work published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) on important research into the complex network of volatile chemical communications among plants, insects, and microbes. Articles within the Virtual Issue are […]

July 14, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Rapid 3D Printing in Water — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: 3D printing, drug–target kinetics in drug discovery, a crystallization system for carbamazepine — 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 […]

June 19, 2017

2016 Journal Citation Reports®: ACS Journals Have Highest Impact Factor in Chemistry

By Jesse Stanchak

The 2016 Journal Citation Reports® are in – and once again ACS journals have the highest Impact Factor and/or the most citations in 14 scientific categories, including six core chemistry categories. The 2016 Journal Citation Reports® found: ACS journals have a portfolio median of 4.849 in 2016, up from 4.803 the year before. More than […]

June 16, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: The Past and Future of Conducting/Semiconducting Conjugated Polymers — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: The past and future of conducting/semiconducting conjugated polymers, synthetic approaches to the new drugs approved during 2015, carbon dioxide as a traceless caramelization promotor — 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 […]

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May 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of April 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in April 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 April 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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May 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of April 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in April 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 April 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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May 9, 2017

ACS Chemical Biology EIC Laura L. Kiessling Elected to the American Philosophical Society

By Ellie Key

Laura L. Kiessling, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Chemical Biology, Director, Keck Center for Chemical Genomics, Laurens Anderson Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Steenbock Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, was recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS). “I was completely surprised to be elected to the American Philosophical Society! There are amazing chemists among […]

May 5, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Frameworks for Highly Stable Lithium Ion Batteries

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: three-dimensional arylene diimide frameworks for highly stable lithium ion batteries, the effects of inhaled nano particles on vascular disease, treating idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis — 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 […]

May 2, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of March 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in March 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 March 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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April 17, 2017

A Closer Look at Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections

By Ruth Neale

Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections (SDRI 2017) conference met in Brisbane, Australia between April 3-5, 2017. Brisbane welcomed 230 delegates from 18 countries and a range of distinguished invited speakers who are world leading experts in research, industry, funding and policy in the field of drug-resistant infections. The conference covered the following topics and themes: Antimicrobial […]

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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 16, 2017

#ACSMicrobiome Webinar Part 3: The Microbiome in Health and Disease

By Bryan McBournie

Our bodies are filled with microorganisms, and scientists are just beginning to learn how they interact with each other and with our bodies. On August 16, 2016, ACS Infectious Diseases and Journal of Proteome Research presented The Microbiome in Health and Disease, final installment in the three-part #ACSmicrobiome Webinar Series, which examined what scientists are […]

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