Category: Biological Chemistry

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
Food Waste

April 19, 2016

ACS Newsclips: Food waste, bacterial batteries and transparent wood

By Jesse Stanchak

Each week ACS Axial brings you selected news stories based on research appearing in ACS journals, alongside links to the original journal articles so you can learn more. Did we miss one of your favorite news items of the week? Share it in the comments below. Fighting hunger and climate change by reducing food waste […]

  • ACS Newsclips
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • Langmuir
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

April 15, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Healing Broken Hearts

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: healing damaged hearts without resorting to a transplant, developing a better dehydrogenation catalyst, creating an algorithm for classifying molecular interaction motifs in crystal structures — 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 […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Crystal Growth & Design
  • Industrial &Engineering Chemistry Research
  • JACS
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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
Paolo Fornasiero

April 11, 2016

ACS Catalysis Associate Editor Paolo Fornasiero Receives 2016 Heinz Heinemann Award

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Catalysis Associate Editor Paolo Fornasiero is the recipient of the 2016 Heinz Heinemann Award from the International Association of Catalysis Societies. The IACS bestowed the award on Fornasiero in recognition of his “remarkable contribution to catalyst science and technology achieved during past four years in the development of novel nanostructured catalysts,” according to an […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • Heinz Heinemann Award
  • Paolo Fornasiero

April 8, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Fighting Infections, Preparing Graphene — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: research into the treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, the scalable preparation of high-quality graphene, the study of ultralow interfacial tensions — 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 Catalysis
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Langmuir

April 1, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Human Astrovirus, DNA-Assembled Nanoparticles — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a potential treatment for human astrovirus, improvements to DNA-assembled nanoparticles, a new means for controlling the transmembrane transport of charged biomacromolecules — 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 Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Infectious Diseases
  • ACS Nano
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

March 30, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Detecting Antibodies, Improving Batteries and Testing Beer

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: *** New Test May Be Able to Detect Antibodies in Saliva Detecting antibodies for a given illness can be a useful way of diagnosing a patient, but even the […]

  • ACS Central Science
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • antibodies
  • batteries
  • beer
  • biofuels
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • medicine
  • Nano Letters

March 28, 2016

Get an Update on the Response to Zika Virus

By Renee John

Zika virus has long been known to the infectious disease community, but until the current outbreak, scant research had been conducted to understand the virus or how to combat it. The sudden explosion in infections—and the increasingly strong evidence that it can cause microcephaly in babies born to women infected while pregnant—has thrust Zika virus […]

  • Zika Virus

March 24, 2016

ACS Central Science Celebrates Its First Anniversary

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Central Science – our first fully open access journal – celebrates its first birthday this week. It was one year ago, at the ACS spring meeting in Denver, that the journal debuted. Today ACS Central Science is living up to its promise to highlight and communicate research articles that epitomize the “centrality of chemistry.” Every issue […]

  • ACS Central Science

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 18, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Choosing the Right Solvent — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a deep dive into solvent selection frameworks, a study of nanomotions in nanotubes, a look into the worrying rise of phosphorus levels in streams and lakes — 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 […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Langmuir
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

March 16, 2016

ACS Chemical Biology EIC Laura L. Kiessling Wins 2016 Gibbs Award

By Jesse Stanchak

Dr. Laura L. Kiessling, the Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Chemical Biology, will receive the 2016 Willard Gibbs Award, one of the most prestigious honors in all of chemistry. The Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society will present her with the award during a ceremony on May 20. Kiessling is a professor at the University […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • Laura L. Kiessling
  • Willard Gibbs Award