Category: Biological Chemistry

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

March 11, 2016

Meet ACS’ New Associate Editors for Q1 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. *** Maria Laura Bolognesi, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry What do […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • Associate Editors
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

March 11, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Building a Better Biodegradable Plastic — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: building a better biodegradable plastic, taking a closer look at the impact of temperature on enzyme-catalyzed reactions, getting an overview of current research in polymerization-induced self-assembly in 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 […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Macro Letters
  • Biochemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Langmuir
  • Macromolecules

March 7, 2016

ACS Chemical Biology Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By Angela Walker

Are you attending the ACS Annual Meeting in San Diego this year? We invite you to attend the ACS Chemical Biology Award Symposium on Tuesday, March 15 from 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Salon D. Hear from keynote speaker Professor Peter G. Schultz, who is the recipient of […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • Biochemistry

March 4, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Focus on Journal of Proteome Research

By Jesse Stanchak

This week ACS Editor’s Choice is offering a deep dive into some of the most compelling research to appear in Journal of Proteome Research in the past few months, in honor of the journal receiving a new Editor-in-Chief, Professor John R. Yates, III, Ph.D., of The Scripps Research Institute. Enjoy a trove of open-access research on different aspects […]

  • Editor's Choice
  • John R. Yates
  • Journal of Proteome Research

March 3, 2016

Meet the New EIC of Journal of Proteome Research

By Renee John

“Synergy between the different types of ‘omics’” is how Journal of Proteome Research describes its scope. For the uninitiated, that means genomics, proteomics, metabonomics, and metabolomics. The journal also focuses on advances in methodology, including bioinformatics. The journal has long been a leader in the proteomics field—and now, it is under new, capable leadership. Professor […]

  • John R. Yates
  • Journal of Proteome Research

February 26, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Antarctic Lead, “Drug-Initiated” Delivery Systems — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Lead contamination in Antartica, a new anode material for lithium-ion batteries and a look at “drug-initiated” medication delivery systems — 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 Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • ACS Photonics
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

February 25, 2016

2 ACS Editors Share in Dan David Prize

By Jesse Stanchak

Each year the Dan David Foundation awards three prizes of $1 million each to individuals or institutions that have made remarkable contributions in three categories: past, present, and future. This year, the winners of the “future” prize will include A. Paul Alivisatos, founding editor of Nano Letters, and Chad Mirkin, Associate Editor of the Journal […]

  • A. Paul Alivisatos
  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Nano Letters
  • Chad Mirkin
  • JACS

February 25, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Ultralow-Power Computing, CO2 Capture, and Combat Zone Treatments

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: *** Nanoparticle Clotting Agent Could Save Soldiers, Even in Extreme Heat An injectable blood-clotting agent can save a wounded soldier’s life, but the extreme temperatures common in many combat […]

  • ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • ACS Synthetic Biology
  • C&EN
  • Journal of Proteome Research
  • Nano Letters

February 19, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: A Possible Treatment for a Severe Epilepsy Syndrome — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a closer look at possible cancer inhibitor, an examination of industrially preferred solvents for green chemistry, testing a possible treatment for a severe epilepsy syndrome  – 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 […]

  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Macro Letters
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • Organometallics
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

February 12, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Dengue Virus, Drugs Based on Natural Products, and Arsenic in Groundwater

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: The medicinal chemistry of dengue virus, natural products as sources for new drugs, dramatic seasonal shifts in groundwater arsensic– 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 Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Journal of Natural Products

February 11, 2016

JACS Editor Peter Stang Receives China’s International Science and Technology Cooperation Award

By Jesse Stanchak

Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) Editor Peter Stang recently received China’s International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. Stang, along with six other foreign scientists, received the honor during a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Jan. 8. During the ceremony, Stang had the opportunity to meet […]

  • China
  • JACS
  • Peter Stang

February 10, 2016

What Drives an Editor? Ask ACS Central Science’s Carolyn Bertozzi

By Selenah Njoloma

 What motivates this year’s National Academy of Sciences awardee — a busy professor at Stanford University with a full plate — to assume the role as Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, a new open access journal ready to compete with top science journals? The answer lies in what drives Carolyn Bertozzi. Her brief bio on Twitter […]

  • ACS Central Science
  • Carolyn Bertozzi
  • open access
Richard Powell

February 9, 2016

From Tree to Treatment: Honoring Richard G. Powell, a Pioneer in Anticancer Research

By Renee John

At a glance, the Japanese plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia) is an unremarkable shrub. It is a bright green, bushy conifer, with spiky leaves that point toward the sky. It is native to the rich soil of Japan’s mountains and seaside cliffs but has made its way to planters’ gardens in Europe and the United States. But […]

  • cancer
  • Cephalotaxus harringtonia
  • Journal of Natural Products
  • medicine
  • Richard G. Powell
Hepatitis C

February 5, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Developing New Treatments for Hepatitis C, Improving Biorefineries — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: fighting Hepatitis C with derivatives from an over-the-counter antihistamine, a process that could improve the economic viability of modern biorefineries, a look at fetal exposure to antidepressants in mice – 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 […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Sustainable Chemical Engineering
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

January 29, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Invisibility, Rare Earth Elements in San Francisco Bay and more!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week:  Researchers build a biomimetic mechanical chameleon to test a new method for achieving invisibility via real-time active camouflage, while a study shows concentrations of rare earth  elements used in new high-tech applications are rapidly building up in San Francisco Bay – and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a […]

  • ACS Nano
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Crystal Growth and Design
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • invisibility
  • JACS
  • real-time camouflage
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry

January 25, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Volkswagen Emissions, Cyanobacteria Toxins and Calcium-Ion Batteries

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: *** Volkswagen emissions deception may have cost $430 million and 46 lives Volkswagen provoked plenty of outrage from consumers when it was revealed last year that nearly 600,000 […]

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Calcium-ion batteries
  • Chemical and Engineering News
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Volkswagen

January 22, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: On-Demand Drug Delivery with Lanthanide-Doped Upconverting Nanoparticles

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Discover a method for on-demand drug delivery with lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles, insights into the preparation of graphene oxide, a low-cost alternative to infrared thermal imaging 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 […]

  • ACS Macro Letters
  • ACS Sensors
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • JACS
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Nano Letters
  • on demand drug delivery
  • Organometallics

January 19, 2016

Spend a Day with Bioconjugate Chemistry EIC Vincent Rotello

By Angela Walker

Have you ever asked yourself “What does an ACS Publications Editor-in-Chief do each day?” Well, you’re not alone. We traveled to the town of Amherst, located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts to check out the day in the life of Vincent Rotello, Editor-in-Chief of Bioconjugate Chemistry. See what a not-so-typical day is like […]

  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • video
  • Vincent Rotello

January 15, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Can Plasmonic Nanoparticles Improve Solar Cells?

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: A perspective on whether plasmonic nanoparticles can enhance solar cells, a look at the effects of ingesting microplastics on seabirds, a move toward more complex molecular topologies in pharmaceutical research – and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Photonics
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Organometallics
  • plasmonic nanoparticles
  • solar cells
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

January 13, 2016

Explore New Multidisciplinary Topics with ACS Virtual Collections

By Renee John

Some chemistry topics are so important, so complex, so ripe for discussion that a single article just can’t do the subject justice. That’s why ACS publishes Virtual Collections — special issues and ACS Selects from ACS journals that offer deep dives into a variety of important subjects. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Combinatorial Science
  • ACS Infectious Diseases
  • ACS Select
  • ACS Select Virtual Issue
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Gram-Negative Resistance
  • Hottest Chemistry Research Topics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Ligand Design
  • materials genomics
  • Organocatalysis
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Virtual Issue
  • Virtual Special Issue

January 8, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: A New Use for Lithium-Ion Batteries — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week in ACS Editors’ Choice: a surprising use for lithium-ion batteries; a new class of hydrogen evolution catalyst; a screening process for spotting compounds with analgesic properties – 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • open access
  • research

December 11, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Connecting Chemistry with Society

By Miranda Paley

Pacifichem celebrates the coming together of the chemical societies of far-flung nations, and in so doing, their cultures as well.  It is only fitting, then, that in the Pacifichem venue they will discuss the role that chemistry plays in society as a whole. Whether it is supplying the new clean energy sources we need to […]

December 10, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Biological Chemistry

By Ranjini Prithviraj

Biological chemistry is an amalgamation of the chemical and life sciences. It is the study of the chemistry of living organisms at the cellular and molecular level, and is vital to the understanding of these living organisms. Applications are diverse and range from pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and cancer research, to agriculture. The Biological Chemistry technical symposia […]

November 18, 2015

What to Know Before you Submit a Manuscript

By Selenah Njoloma

Launched in January 2015, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering aims to be the flagship journal for high-quality, innovative research at the interface of biology, materials science, and engineering. By drawing from both the science and engineering perspectives of biomaterials research, the journal showcases leading research that is helping to catalyze and grow this rapidly expanding […]

  • ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
  • white paper

November 13, 2015

12 of the Hottest Research Topics in Chemistry- Q3

By Renee John

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.  Below are our most recent collections from July 2015 to September 2015. This virtual issue focuses on scientific and engineering advances related to Carbon Capture and Sequestration. […]

  • ACS Select
  • ACS Select Virtual Issue
  • Hottest Chemistry Research Topics
  • Virtual Issue
  • Virtual Special Issue

November 6, 2015

Honoring Future Leaders

By Angela Walker

ACS Publications’ polymer portfolio has a long history of serving the polymer science community. It is made up of three journals (Macromolecules, Biomacromolecules, and ACS Macro Letters), the oldest of which, Macromolecules, has been publishing for nearly 50 years. To honor this legacy, while also recognizing the next generation of standard-bearers in the field, the […]

  • ACS Macro Letters
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Macromolecules

October 28, 2015

Looking Back: Two New Journals Reflect on Their First Year of Publication

By Selenah Njoloma

In January of 2015, ACS Publications launched two new journals to advance research and further the conversation in the high-growth fields of biomaterials and infectious diseases. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering is a flagship journal for high-quality, innovative research at the interface of biology, materials science and engineering. By drawing from both the science and […]

  • ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering
  • ACS Infectious Diseases

October 23, 2015

ACS on Campus: Learning the Art of Publication in Utah

By Katherine Stevens

On September 18, ACS on Campus traveled to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City—home to the editorial offices of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Accounts of Chemical Research. Led by Editors-in-Chief and Utah faculty members Peter Stang, Dale Poulter, and Cindy Burrows respectively, the journals […]

October 19, 2015

In the Lab with Craig Lindsley

By Wendy Wise

Nashville, Tennessee, also known as Music City, is home to Vanderbilt University and musically connected ACS Chemical Neuroscience Editor-in-Chief Craig Lindsley, Ph.D. ACS Axial caught up with Lindsley at his two labs, one on campus and one off, to find out what projects he is currently working on and which musicians he’s recently spotted around […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • In the Lab
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

October 19, 2015

Celebrate National Chemistry Week with the Journal of Chemical Education

By Freddy Tellez

From the moment you open your eyes, you are surrounded by color. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the paintings that decorate our walls, chemistry colors our world. National Chemistry Week is October 18–24, 2015. This year’s theme, “Chemistry Colors Our World,” explores the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light. […]

  • C&EN
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • National Chemistry Week

October 7, 2015

ACS Congratulates the 2015 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry

By Angela Walker

Congratulations to Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in England, Paul Modrich of Duke University School of Medicine, and Aziz Sancar of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who were awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their mechanistic studies of three different types of DNA repair. […]

  • Biochemistry
  • C&EN
  • Chemical Reviews
  • Nobel

October 5, 2015

Infectious Disease Research Receives Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

By Renee John

         Congratulations to ACS Authors William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura, who were awarded one half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites. The researchers developed Ivermectin and Avermectin, drugs that cure diseases caused by parasitic roundworms, […]

  • ACS Infectious Diseases
  • C&EN
  • Chemical Reviews
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Nobel

September 24, 2015

Advancing ACS Chemical Biology: Interview with Editor-in-Chief Laura Kiessling, PhD

By Owen Kibenge

ACS Chemical Biology Editor-in-Chief Laura Kiessling uses one word to assert the journal’s philosophy: Interdisciplinary. “Having researchers that are knowledgeable about both chemistry and biology has led to remarkable advances,” she says. Advocating this type of interdisciplinary approach has established ACS Chemical Biology as an important anchor in the chemical biology field, serving a somewhat […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • Researchers

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 9, 2015

The Art Behind the Science: Publishing Tips from ACS Journal Editors

By Joseph Graham

For the novice author, the process of writing and publishing a scientific paper can go something like this: inspiration, research, excitement, gathering data, preparing figures and tables, drafting methods, discussion, panic, fear, questioning everything, rewrites, more rewrites, abstract, conclusion, still more rewrites, submission, and hiding under the desk waiting for a rejection message. Yet experienced […]

  • Authors
  • Interactive
  • Publishing Tips
  • Researchers

September 9, 2015

C&EN Virtual Symposium Keynote Q&A with Christopher P. Austin, M.D.

By Sondra Hadden

On September 16, 2015, scientists from biotech, pharma and academia will present the latest research findings and new technologies that are driving the design, discovery and development of new drugs – from traditional small molecules and biologics to cutting-edge gene-editing and immunological technologies. Speakers will present the latest advances in identifying promising drug targets, verifying […]

  • C&EN
  • Drug Development
  • Drug Discovery
  • Researcher
Interesting chemistry topics

September 4, 2015

15 of the Hottest Research Topics in Chemistry

By Renee John

Virtual Collections include Virtual Issues, Special Issues and Thematic Collections of chemistry research from ACS journals. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and chemistry educators alike. Below are our most recent collections from April 2015 to June 2015.   The community at large recognizes the need to […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Select
  • ACS Select Virtual Issue
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Chemical Reviews
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Crystal Growth and Design
  • Energy and Fuels
  • Hottest Chemistry Research Topics
  • I&EC Research
  • Organic Letters
  • The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
  • Virtual Issue
  • Virtual Special Issue