Category: Biological Chemistry

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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice

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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice

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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice

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

June 24, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: A Closer Look at Biosynthetic Polymers as Functional Materials

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a perspective on Biosynthetic Polymers as Functional Materials, sleep aids, multispectral chiral imaging — 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 […]

  • Biosynthetic Polymers
  • chiral imaging
  • sleep aids

June 22, 2016

Reddit Explores the Future of Urban Water Systems

By Katherine Stevens

On June 7, ACS Publications Editor and Professor David L. Sedlak joined forces to host an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit’s r/Science on the topic of urban water systems and what is happening with the world’s water supplies. Professor Sedlak teaches courses on Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, Co-Director of the […]

  • Reddit AMA
  • water

June 21, 2016

Using Nanoparticles to Reduce Drug Toxicity in Pancreatic Cancer Patients

By Jesse Stanchak

Sometimes the treatment for a disease can be almost as dangerous as the ailment it seeks to cure. In the case of pancreatic cancer, one of the most effective drug regimens, FOLFIRINOX, contains a highly toxic drug called irinotecan. Huan Meng and Xiangsheng Liu are authors on a recent paper in ACS Nano on a way […]

  • drug toxicity
  • nanoparticles
  • pancreatic cancer

June 17, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Sustainable Energy for Smart Cities — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: renewable energy sources for smart cities, wearable body monitors that check bodily fluids for heavy metals, the cyclic trimer of carbon dioxide — 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • renewable energy
2015 Journal Citation Reports

June 15, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About the 2015 Journal Citation Reports®

By Jesse Stanchak

It’s that time again. Thomson Reuters released its 2015 Journal Citation Reports®, revealing the most cited, most influential, most impactful journals. But don’t worry if you don’t have time to read the whole thing. Here’s what you need to know: ACS leads in citations. ACS journals were cited more than 2.76 million times in 2015, […]

  • Impact Factor
  • Journal Citation Report

June 10, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Drug Discovery Deep Learning Neural Networks — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week:  Using deep learning neural networks to aid drug discovery, using electrostatic force to manipulate molecules in aqueous solution, cataloging antibodies — 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • antibodies
  • Drug Discovery

June 7, 2016

In the Lab with Gunda Georg

By Renee John

For Gunda Georg, seeking cures for cancer, researching new contraceptives, and developing more effective medicines is all in a day’s work. ACS Axial caught up with Georg, the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and head of the Medicinal Chemistry Department at the University of Minnesota, to learn more about her research. Georg has […]

  • Gunda George
  • In the Lab

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 3, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: A New Use for Shrimp Shells — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a new use for shrimp shells, a method for verifying nerve agent exposure, bilayer graphene synthesis — 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • open access

June 2, 2016

Reddit Joins the Quest for New Antibiotics

By Katherine Stevens

On May 24, ACS Publications and Professor Gerry Wright of McMaster University teamed up to host an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit’s r/AskScience covering antibiotics research and more. Professor Wright is the Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and an Associate Editor at ACS Infectious Diseases. His work is […]

  • antibiotic resistance
  • Reddit AMA

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 27, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Treating “Chemobrain” — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: density matrix embedding theory in quantum chemistry, malaria drugs, treating “chemobrain” — 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 […]

May 27, 2016

Celebrate Cancer Research Awareness Month with Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters

By Kristen Kindrachuk

It’s an exciting time to be in cancer research. Advances in both immunotherapy and chemotherapy research are revolutionizing treatment for many cancers and are improving outcomes for many patients. Medicinal chemists are using innovative strategies to improve chemotherapeutic agents in ways that reduce toxic side effects and overcome drug resistance. For example, chemists have refined […]

  • cancer
  • medical research

May 20, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Insights Into Clean Water and Dirty Air

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: air quality monitoring, disinfection byproducts in pools and spas,  prediction of electron ionization mass spectra from first principles — 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 […]

  • ACS Combinatorial Science
  • ACS Editors'
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

May 18, 2016

ACS Presentations on Demand: Newly Released San Diego National Meeting Recordings!

By John F. Gardiner

ACS members have exclusive viewing privileges to the just-released select technical recordings from the San Diego National Meeting held earlier this year. “Computers in Chemistry” was the meeting theme and over 200 recordings are available. The Presentations on Demand website has also been redesigned to make recordings easier to find. Users can search by title, meeting, topic, or speaker. […]

  • ACS Annual Meeting
  • presentation recordings

May 13, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Introducing Teslaphoresis

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: the directed motion and self-assembly of matter by a Tesla coil — 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 […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Synthetic Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • JACS
  • open access
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

May 11, 2016

Bioorganic Chemistry Award 2016 Goes to Vincent Rotello

By Jesse Stanchak

Bioconjugate Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Vincent Rotello is the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Bioorganic Chemistry Award 2016. In a statement, the RSC said it was presenting the award to Rotello “for his pioneering research in using chemistry of nanomaterials to understand and modulate biological processes.” “I have used organic chemistry to interface the man-made and […]

  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Langmuir
  • Vincent Rotello

May 9, 2016

Meet the Newest National Academy of Sciences Members

By Jesse Stanchak

Earlier this month The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of 84 new members, as well as 21 foreign associates from 14 countries. Of those new members, 15 are either members of the American Chemical Society or work in a chemistry-related field. Four of the new members have particularly close ties to ACS […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Nano
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Nano Letters

May 6, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Oil Spills, Cancer treatments, and Crystal Classification

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: the health hazards of oil spills, treating cancer with antibody drug conjugates, classifying crystals — 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 […]

  • ACS Combinatorial Science
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Crystal Growth & Design
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Langmuir
  • open access
  • Organic Process Research & Development

May 2, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Spotting Counterfeit Honey, Flexible LEDs, and Fighting Climate Change with Bubbles

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: *** Building a Better Flexible Display With Nanowires Flexible electronic displays have a variety of applications, but the organic light-emitting diodes used in many displays tend to wear […]

  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Photonics
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • climate change
  • EKG patches
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • honey
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
  • light bulbs

April 29, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Understanding the Properties of Colloidal Double Quantum Dots

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: colloidal double quantum dots, simulating gas–liquid−water partitioning – optical sensors for simultaneous imaging of pH and dissolved O2- 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 […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Sensors
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • JACS
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

April 25, 2016

Meet the Q1 2016 Lectureship Winners

By Jesse Stanchak

2016 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award Winner: Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer Institution: Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Energiekonversion Research Highlights: A professor and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, Dr. DeBeer’s research group is focused on the development and application of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools for understanding […]

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Photonics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Chemical Biology
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Langmuir
  • Lectureships
  • Macromolecules
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Letters
  • Organometallics
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

April 22, 2016

Environmental Science & Technology Letters Honors Earth Day

By Freddy Tellez

Did you know the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters (ES&T Letters) is an international environmental forum for rapid communications on experimental and theoretical results of exceptional timeliness in all aspects of environmental science, and short reviews on emerging environmental science & technology topics? The topics covered are highly relevant to the preservation of […]

  • Earth Day 2016
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters

April 22, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Robot Skin and Regenerating Axons

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: smart skin for robots, repairing injured neurons  — 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 […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Nano
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

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 21, 2016

10 of the Hottest Research Topics in Chemistry – Q1 2016

By Freddy Tellez

Virtual Collections include Special Issues and ACS Selects from ACS journals. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and educators alike. Browse our most recent collections from January 2016 to March 2016. Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Medium-Sized Molecules and Clusters: Theory, Experiment, and Applications This collection contains more […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Select
  • ACS Select Virtual Issue
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • Hottest Chemistry Research Topics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Journal of Proteome Research
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Virtual Issue
  • Virtual Special Issue