Category: Biological Chemistry

machine learning force fields

December 30, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Machine Learning Force Fields and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: machine learning force fields, expediting combinatorial data set analysis, biomonitoring human albumin adducts — 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
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
Flexible electronics manufacturing

December 16, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Manufacturing Flexible Electronics — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Manufacturing flexible electronics, preventing infections from medical devices, recycling lithium-ion batteries — 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 […]

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December 12, 2016

10 Big Ideas No Scientist Can Afford to Ignore

By Jesse Stanchak

Some experiments might take place in a vacuum, but science never does. The pursuit of knowledge only happens within the context of the wider world. Research is not driven by pure, idle curiosity. Social, political, and economic trends influence every area of our lives, including the questions we ask and the work we do to […]

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 […]

December 2, 2016

ACS Honors the Discovery of Ivermectin

By Keith Lindblom

This month the American Chemical Society designated the discovery of ivermectin as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in a ceremony at Merck & Co., Inc., in Rahway, New Jersey. Why is the discovery of ivermectin such an important achievement in the history of chemistry? The story starts when a scientist discovers a lowly bacterium near […]

  • Ivermectin
  • Nobel Prize

December 2, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Novel Methods of Agricultural Pest Control and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Novel methods of agricultural pest control, lead-free perovskite solar cells, fighting neurodegenerative diseases with antioxidants — 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 […]

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Productive Scientists

November 29, 2016

Discover the 7 Habits of Productive Scientists

By Chi Wang

Do you often find yourself busy but not very productive? Do you struggle with deadlines or fumble your way through projects? Maybe you have a lot of great ideas but don’t have time to execute them. If that’s the case, maybe you need to adopt some of the productivity secrets of ACS Publications Editors-in-Chief. George […]

November 23, 2016

ACS Editors Shine on 2016 Highly Cited Researchers List

By Jesse Stanchak

A total of 54 editors of ACS Publications journals appeared on the 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list from Thomson Reuters. The Highly Cited Researchers list is determined by looking at highly-cited papers published between 2004-2014 in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. Thomson Reuters defines “highly-cited paper” as […]

  • Highly Cited Researchers

November 16, 2016

Welcome the Newest Associate Editors of ACS Publications Journals – Q3 2016

By Jesse Stanchak

New associate editors bring more than just changes to a publication’s masthead. They bring new experiences, new perspectives and new ideas to their publications. Get to know some of ACS’ latest associate editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals. *** Thomas Riedl, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces What do […]

November 11, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Taming Membrane-Disrupting Antibiotics — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: nanocarriers for cancer drugs, photocarrier dynamics in solar cells, taming membrane-disrupting antibiotics — 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 […]

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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 4, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Understanding Water Usage — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Understanding water allocation, treating chronic pain, studying nanoconfined water — 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 […]

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 28, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Treating Coronary Heart Disease — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: treating coronary heart disease, molecular machines, hexavalent chromium in drinking water wells – and more! Also, in honor of Open Access Week, ACS is promoting ACS AuthorChoice article from every journal. View articles by portfolio: Analytical | Applied | Biological | Materials Science & Engineering | Organic/Inorganic | Physical   Each and every day, ACS grants […]

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October 21, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: 3-D Recordings of Brain Activity — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: 3-D recordings of brain activity, light control of insulin release, ensuring the accuracy of compound registries — 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 […]

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October 7, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease — and more!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: understanding alzheimer’s disease, cellular decision making accelerating nerve Agent hydrolysis — and more! ** Also be sure to read this week’s special collections of research by 2016 Nobel Prize winners in medicine and chemistry. ** Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s […]

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September 30, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Energy Storage, Improving Biosensors, Reticular Chemistry — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: stable energy etorage, a breakthrough that could lead to improved biosensors, advancements in reticular chemistry — 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 […]

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recycling

September 23, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Contaminants in Paper Recycling — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: contaminants in paper recycling, high-resolution ratiometric temperature mapping in small animals, modeling of lasing action in core–shell metallic nanoparticles — 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 […]

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  • recycling

September 16, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Rapid Sepsis diagnostics, A Compound With Multistage Antimalarial Activity — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: rapid sepsis diagnostics, a compound with multistage antimalarial activity, distinctive in-plane cleavage behaviors of two-dimensional layered materials– 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 […]

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September 9, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Cancer Diagnostics, Vehicle Lightweighting, Nanotechnology Diagnostic Devices — and more!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: cancer diagnostics, vehicle lightweighting, nanotechnology diagnostic devices — 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 power […]

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plants removing volatile organic compounds

September 2, 2016

Watch How Houseplants Help Remove Volatile Organic Compounds

By Jesse Stanchak

If you’re a fan of fresh air (and who isn’t?) a recent discovery may be cause for celebration. Research by State University of New York at Oswego’s Vadoud Niri shows certain common houseplants may provide a lower-cost option for removing volatile organic compounds from the air in homes. He found that plants can be useful for removing compounds such […]

  • 252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition
  • air pollution

August 26, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Fish-Killing Microalgae — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: fish-killing microalgae, electrochemical reduction of CO2, potential treatment of diabetic nephropathy — 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 […]

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August 25, 2016

Our Editors Win Big at the 2017 ACS National Awards

By Jesse Stanchak

The winners of the 2017 ACS National Awards were announced at the 252nd ACS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this month. A number of ACS editors came away from the meeting with major awards. The majority of the 2017 ACS National Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony held during the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San […]

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August 24, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Thyroid Disruptions, Drug Discovery, and Flexible Crystals

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemical & Engineering News covers the world of chemistry, from research and education to business and policy. Here’s a sampling of their coverage of research from ACS journals: *** Flint Water Crisis May Also Be Responsible For Legionnaires’ Outbreaks Two recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint, Mich., may be the result of the city’s […]

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August 16, 2016

Get to Know 2016 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Award Winner Xiaoyuan Chen

By Chi Wang

2016 marks the first year of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Award. The inaugural award goes to Dr. Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen, the Senior Investigator and Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH. “It’s really an honor to be acknowledged as the first recipient of […]

  • Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Symposium
  • Dr. Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen

August 11, 2016

Meet the Newest Associate Editors of ACS Publications Journals – Q2 2016

By Jesse Stanchak

New associate editors bring more than just changes to a publication’s masthead. They bring new experiences, new perspectives and new ideas to their publications. Get to know some of ACS’ latest associate editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals. *** Lutgarde Raskin, Environmental Science & Technology What do you […]

August 3, 2016

Get a Taste of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 

By Freddy Tellez

Did you know the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) publishes high-quality, cutting-edge original research representing complete studies and research advances dealing with the chemistry and biochemistry of agriculture and food? The Journal also encourages papers with chemistry and/or biochemistry as a major component combined

microbiome

July 29, 2016

#ACSmicrobiome Webinar Series Examines How Chemists Are Studying the Microbiome

By Brooke Howell

Microorganisms are Earth’s oldest life forms and have come to inhabit virtually every location on the planet. Recent advances in technology have enabled researchers to dissect how microorganisms interact with their surroundings. These investigations reveal that microorganisms exist in complex communities commonly referred to as “the microbiome.” These microbial communities have been found to be […]

  • microbiome

July 29, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Using Block Copolymer Membranes for Drug Capture — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: using block copolymer membranes for drug capture, gold nanocrystal stabilization, fungal biotransformation of tetracycline antibiotics — 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 […]

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July 27, 2016

Are You Eligible for an ACS Omega Discount?

By Stephanie Monasky

Ever wondered how much it costs to publish in ACS Omega? Wonder no more. We’ve got a cost calculator for that. Calculate your article publishing charge. Here’s the breakdown: The base price for publication in ACS Omega is $2,000, but membership and regional discounts apply. If you’re an ACS member, the base price for publication drops […]

  • Article publishing charge

July 22, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Understanding Breast Cancer Cell Pathogenicity — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week:understanding breast cancer cell pathogenicity, modeling and prediction of polar organic chemical integrative sampler (POCIS) sampling rates, mechanochemistry inspired by nature — 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 […]

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July 15, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Treating Persistent Bacterial Infections — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: an alternative to nanostructured electrodes, treating persistent bacterial infections, an enduring debate about crystal packing arrangement — 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 […]

  • crystal packing arrangements
  • electrodes
  • infections
  • radiolabeling
  • T-cells

July 14, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Sulfur Batteries, 3D Printed Placentas and Nuclear Waste Recycling

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemical & Engineering News covers the world of chemistry, from research and education to business and policy. Here’s a sampling of their coverage of research from ACS journals: *** 3D Printed Placenta Model Could Improve Preeclampsia Studies Researchers have created a three-dimensional bioprinted placenta model to aid in the study of preeclampsia. Placentas play a […]

  • antibacterial
  • batteries
  • climate change
  • landfill mining
  • nanoparticles
  • nuclear waste
  • pregnancy

July 8, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Detecting Zika Virus Without Instruments at the Point of Care — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Zika Virus detection,  charge-free proteins, discovering cyanobacteriochromes that respond to far-red light — 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 […]

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  • Zika Virus

July 5, 2016

Phil Baran Wins 2016 Blavatnik National Award

By Jesse Stanchak

Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) Associate Editor Phil Baran is a recipient of one of the 2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. The award is given by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences. The prize celebrates exceptional young scientists and engineers and comes with $250,000, […]

  • Blavatnik National Award
  • natural product synthesis
  • Phil Baran

July 1, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: The Return of Phenotypic Assessment in Drug Discovery

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: phenotypic assessment in drug discovery, a review of hydrophobic interactions, the nature of anisotropic polymer interfaces — 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 […]

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June 29, 2016

To Stop Cancer, Understand How It Spreads

By Jesse Stanchak

Scientists are gaining new insights into what might happen when cancer cells spread in the body, squeezing through — and even dividing in — narrow blood vessels as they go. Researchers say that a better understanding of how cancer spreads in the body could help them learn to treat the disease, as cancer’s ability to […]

  • cancer
John R. Yates III

June 28, 2016

John R. Yates III on the Future of Proteome Research

By Jesse Stanchak

No one understands the importance of studying proteomes quite like John R. Yates III, the recently named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Proteome Research. Get to know more about Yates and the field of proteomics in this wide-ranging video interview. Yates discusses his vision for the journal, including areas it could expand to cover in the […]

  • John R. Yates III
  • Proteomes

June 27, 2016

In the Lab with Courtney Aldrich

By Renee John

Courtney Aldrich is a chemist, an associate professor in the Medicinal Chemistry Department at the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy, and the Editor-in-Chief of a newly launched journal, ACS Infectious Diseases. As a result, he has little time for outside hobbies. But the one hobby he allows himself still involves his professional interests. In his […]

  • Courtnet Aldrich
  • In the Lab
  • University of Minnesota