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July 19, 2016

Teaching Environmental Chemistry in a Service Context

By Patricia M. Flatt

The e-book “Service Learning and Environmental Chemistry: Relevant Connection,” edited by Elizabeth S. Roberts-Kirchhoff, Matthew J. Mio, and Mark A. Benvenuto, offers a progressive look at how chemistry can be woven into an interdisciplinary teaching platform. The emphasis is on engaging students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a new and refreshing way. […]

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • teaching

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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • 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
The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters

July 13, 2016

Why Chemists Trust The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters

By Jesse Stanchak

The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters are the most trusted journals in the organic chemistry space. But don’t take our word for it. Attendees of the National Organic Symposium share their reflections on the journals in this video. These two journals are must-reads for everyone in the organic chemistry space, chemists explain. Attendees also […]

July 11, 2016

Reddit Discovers the Latest Developments in Nanoscience

By Katherine Stevens

On July 5, ACS Publications hosted an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit’s r/Science with Professor Chad A. Mirkin to discuss what’s new in nanoscience and more. Professor Mirkin teaches chemistry, biomedical engineering, materials science, and medicine at Northwestern University, and is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology. He is best known for […]

  • Chad A. Mirkin
  • nanoscience
  • Reddit AMA

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 6, 2016

Using Concentration Ratios to Control the Size of Nanoparticles

By Jesse Stanchak

In this video, author Tobias Krause describes the process by which he and his colleagues created stable hybrid clusters of proteins and nanoparticles. They found citrate-stabilized gold nanoparticles agglomerate in the presence of hemoglobin at acidic pH. But the extent of agglomeration strongly depends on the concentration ratio. Krause explains that he expected either full agglomeration […]

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 30, 2016

Life in the Lab: Helping Chemists Make Use of Data

By Jesse Stanchak

Paimun “PJ” Amini is a chemistry IT lead at Monsanto. Amini develops software that enables chemists to gather data more efficiently, so they can get an accurate analysis for their crop protection research. In this video, Amini talks about global food challenges, the role of IT in enabling chemists, as well as the importance of designing […]

  • IT
  • Life in the Lab
  • Monsanto

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. ACS Editors' Choice

June 24, 2016

Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Advances Sustainable Design

By Freddy Tellez

The 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference was held in the eco-friendly city of Portland, Oregon, from June 14 – 16, 2016. This conference is hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI). This conference provides a unique atmosphere to present, discuss and learn about new ideas, innovations and initiatives related to sustainability […]

  • Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

June 23, 2016

First Impact Factor for ACS Photonics

By Angela Walker

With the most recent release of the Journal Citation Reports® by Thomson Reuters, we are excited to share with you the remarkable inaugural Impact Factor for ACS Photonics – 5.404! Since its launch in 2014, ACS Photonics has strived to publish innovative, pioneering research in all aspects of the fast-paced field of photonics. The journal […]

  • Impact Factor

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 Editors’ 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

June 16, 2016

Life in the Lab: Careers in Polyethylene Synthesis

By Jesse Stanchak

Phillip Hustad is a senior research scientist at Dow Electronic Materials. As a synthetic chemist, Hustad’s research focuses on utilizing polyethylene to create a wide range of materials. Watch Hustad’s video to learn more about what he does and how he started his career at Dow. Watch more great videos from the American Chemical Society.

  • Dow Chemical Company
  • polyethylene
  • polymers
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

Life in the Lab: From Scientist to CEO

By Jesse Stanchak

Rolf Schlake began his professional career as a chemist, but then learned to combine his scientific skills with business acumen. Now Schlake is the president and CEO of Applied Separations, Inc. The company, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, specializes in manufacturing supercritical fluids equipment and DNA forensic kits. Check out this video for more of Schlake’s […]

  • dna tests
  • manufacturing
  • supercritical fluids

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 31, 2016

ACS Sensors’ J. Justin Gooding Named Felllow of Australian Academy of Science

By Chi Wang

ACS Sensors Editor-in-Chief J. Justin Gooding was named a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science this week. Gooding is one of 21 honorees recognized by the organization, each of whom were recognized for making significant and lasting impacts in their scientific disciplines. The academy praised Gooding for his use of “electrochemistry, synthetic chemistry, interfacial physical […]

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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice

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 24, 2016

Cleaning Water With Tiny Motors

By Jesse Stanchak

Motors are an essential component of some of our largest machines, but motors don’t have to be huge to have a big impact. Scientists are developing new motors that are tiny and soft. They run on things like light, magnetic effects or chemical solutions. And they can serve specific functions — including cleaning up pollution. […]

May 20, 2016

In the Lab with Stephen Hecht

By Renee John

The rate of adult smokers has dropped by more than half from 1965 to 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But smoking and the cancers it causes are hardly a thing of the past. “Most people don’t realize that there are still more than 40 million smokers in the U.S. and […]

  • cancer
  • health
  • smoking
  • Stephen Hecht

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' Choice
  • 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 Editors' Choice
  • 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 10, 2016

Understanding SERS, TERS and SHINERS in Catalysis

By Jesse Stanchak

Substrate instability and insufficient signal enhancement still limit the applicability of surface–enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and tip–enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) in the field of catalysis. But by using sophisticated colloidal synthesis methods and advanced techniques, such as shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS), these challenges could be overcome, as Thomas Hartman and Caterina S. Wondergem explain in this video. The duo provide an introduction […]

  • catalysis
  • SERS
  • SHINERS
  • spectroscopy
  • TERS
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

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