Category: Biological Chemistry

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

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