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January 6, 2017

ACS Welcomes Earth and Space Scientists at AGU Meeting

By Freddy Tellez and Chi Wang

Last month ACS Publications exhibited at the 2016 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, to present our newest journal — ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, along with two other well-established ACS journals, Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters. We were excited to exhibit at one of the largest earth […]

January 6, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Diagnosing Diseases By Analyzing Breath

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: diagnosing diseases by analyzing breath, micromotors, looking back at the field of block polymers — 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 […]

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January 3, 2017

Developing Vaccines to Break Opioid Addictions

By Ellie Key

“Prescription opioids (POs) such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly effective medications for pain management, yet they also present a substantial risk for abuse and addiction. The consumption of POs has been escalating worldwide, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths due to overdose each year.” So state authors Atsushi Kimishima, Cody J. Wenthur, Bin […]

machine learning force fields

December 30, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Machine Learning Force Fields and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: machine learning force fields, expediting combinatorial data set analysis, biomonitoring human albumin adducts — 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 […]

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packaging made from milk proteins

December 29, 2016

Could Milk Hold the Answer to Our Food Packaging Problems?

By Jesse Stanchak

The plastic packaging that most foods come wrapped in isn’t just a tremendous source of environmental waste. These kinds of packages aren’t even particularly adept at preventing food spoilage and they may even leech harmful chemicals into food. Now researchers are developing a biodegradable, edible film made from a milk protein called casein to hopefully […]

  • food science
How Cancer Spreads

December 27, 2016

Understanding the Factors That Influence How Cancer Spreads

By Jesse Stanchak

Nine out of 10 cancer deaths care caused by cancer cells spreading from the primary tumor to other parts of the body. A better understanding of cell shape adaptation and its relationship to metastasis may lead to better treatment decisions. Why does cancer sometimes spread more aggressively in some patients than others? Part of the […]

  • cancer
Graphene

December 23, 2016

Finding a Practical Way to Fabricate Graphene Speakers

By Jesse Stanchak

Even today’s smallest portable speakers come in some kind of rigid acoustic cavity – that is, in a box. But now, Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology report a simple way to fabricate these once-elusive thermoacoustic speakers using graphene. Conventional speakers today rely on many mechanical parts that vibrate to create […]

Flexible electronics manufacturing

December 16, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Manufacturing Flexible Electronics — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Manufacturing flexible electronics, preventing infections from medical devices, recycling lithium-ion batteries — 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 […]

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December 15, 2016

Celebrate The Journal of Physical Chemistry’s 120th Anniversary With 25 Most-Cited Papers

By George C. Schatz

This editorial originally appeared in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, C, and Letters. October, 2016 is the 120th anniversary of the founding of The Journal of Physical Chemistry (JPC). In this Virtual Issue we celebrate this occasion by recognizing the top 25 cited papers published in JPC since its first publication. JPC has […]

December 14, 2016

A Picture Worth 250 Million Words (and Counting)

By David Sedlak

The following editorial originally appeared in Environmental Science & Technology. About 50 years ago, the astronaut William Anders took a photograph that changed humanity. The image that came to be known as “Earthrise” shows our blue planet emerging from the shadow of the moon. At a time when civilization was struggling with the threats posed […]

December 12, 2016

10 Big Ideas No Scientist Can Afford to Ignore

By Jesse Stanchak

Some experiments might take place in a vacuum, but science never does. The pursuit of knowledge only happens within the context of the wider world. Research is not driven by pure, idle curiosity. Social, political, and economic trends influence every area of our lives, including the questions we ask and the work we do to […]

Discussing the Future of C-H Activation Reactions

December 8, 2016

Discussing C-H Activation Reactions With MacArthur Fellow Jin-Quan Yu

By Jesse Stanchak

Jin-Quan Yu, a professor at the Scripps Research Institute, is a recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Foundation grant for his work in developing new ways to break carbon-hydrogen bonds. He’s also the author of 99 papers in ACS Publications journals including ACS Catalysis, ACS Central Science, Accounts of Chemical Research, Journal of the American Chemical […]

December 6, 2016

Understanding the Chemistry of How Addictions Form

By Jesse Stanchak

More than a hundred years ago, Ivan Pavlov conducted what would become one of the most famous and influential psychology studies —he conditioned dogs to salivate at the ringing of a bell. Now, scientists are able to see in real time what happens in the brains of live animals during this classic experiment with a […]

December 2, 2016

ACS Honors the Discovery of Ivermectin

By Keith Lindblom

This month the American Chemical Society designated the discovery of ivermectin as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in a ceremony at Merck & Co., Inc., in Rahway, New Jersey. Why is the discovery of ivermectin such an important achievement in the history of chemistry? The story starts when a scientist discovers a lowly bacterium near […]

  • Ivermectin
  • Nobel Prize

December 2, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Novel Methods of Agricultural Pest Control and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Novel methods of agricultural pest control, lead-free perovskite solar cells, fighting neurodegenerative diseases with antioxidants — 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 […]

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November 30, 2016

Nano Letters’ Charles Lieber Wins 2017 Von Hippel Award

By Ellie Key

Nano Letters Co-Editor, Charles M. Lieber is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Von Hippel Award, from the Materials Research Society. The Society’s highest honor, the Von Hippel Award recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers: brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines. […]

Productive Scientists

November 29, 2016

Discover the 7 Habits of Productive Scientists

By Chi Wang

Do you often find yourself busy but not very productive? Do you struggle with deadlines or fumble your way through projects? Maybe you have a lot of great ideas but don’t have time to execute them. If that’s the case, maybe you need to adopt some of the productivity secrets of ACS Publications Editors-in-Chief. George […]

November 23, 2016

ACS Editors Shine on 2016 Highly Cited Researchers List

By Jesse Stanchak

A total of 54 editors of ACS Publications journals appeared on the 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list from Thomson Reuters. The Highly Cited Researchers list is determined by looking at highly-cited papers published between 2004-2014 in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. Thomson Reuters defines “highly-cited paper” as […]

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Analytical Chemistry

November 17, 2016

Choosing an Important Project: The First Stage to Getting Research Published

By Jonathan Sweedler

The following editorial originally appeared in Analytical Chemistry. This is the season that faculty spend a lot of time discussing research projects with potential graduate students. Like many analytical chemistry faculty, I am affiliated with several graduate departments and training programs, each of which have multiple dates to meet with visiting students. Thus, I find […]

  • Getting published

November 16, 2016

Welcome the Newest Associate Editors of ACS Publications Journals – Q3 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. *** Thomas Riedl, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces What do […]

November 11, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Taming Membrane-Disrupting Antibiotics — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: nanocarriers for cancer drugs, photocarrier dynamics in solar cells, taming membrane-disrupting 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 around the world […]

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November 8, 2016

Using Hydrogels to Heal Damaged Hearts

By Jesse Stanchak

During a heart attack, clots or narrowed arteries block blood flow, harming or killing cells within the tissue. Afterwards, those damaged tissues may weaken and pump less blood. Researchers may have discovered an effective treatment to heart failure, in the form of hydrogels. In animal tests, injections of hydrogels into the heart were able to […]

November 7, 2016

25 Years of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering: The End of the Beginning

By Paul T. Anastas and David T. Allen

This editorial originally appeared in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, as part of the “Building on 25 Years of Green Chemistry and Engineering for a Sustainable Future” special issue. Reflecting on a quarter century of advances in the fields of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, the strong scientific foundation that has been built is worthy […]

  • green chemistry
  • special issue

November 4, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Understanding Water Usage — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Understanding water allocation, treating chronic pain, studying nanoconfined water — 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 […]

November 2, 2016

Perspectives on Electro- and Photoreduction of CO2

By Jesse Stanchak

In this video from ACS Energy Letters,  Csaba Janaky of the University of Szeged in Hungary sheds new light on the possibility of using solar energy to convert CO2 into fuels, such as hydrocarbons or alcohols. Such a process could be enormously beneficial, since it could fight climate change by reducing CO2 levels, while also […]

  • Perspectives

November 1, 2016

Abbreviations in Scientific Writing: Friend or Foe

By J. Justin Gooding

A version of this editorial originally appeared in ACS Sensors. A couple of years back the journals ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, and Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters assembled a virtual issue of editorials called Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication—20 Papers for 20/20 Vision About Publishing. The issue covers the entire journey of a […]

October 31, 2016

What Happens to Your Body When You Feel Afraid?

By Jesse Stanchak

Halloween is a season for  jitters and jump-scares galore. But what happens inside your body when you feel afraid? And why do so many of us seem to actually like scaring ourselves silly? ACS Chemical Neuroscience Associate Editor Anne Andrews recently appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to uncover the mysteries behind the chemistry of fright. […]

October 28, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Treating Coronary Heart Disease — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: treating coronary heart disease, molecular machines, hexavalent chromium in drinking water wells – and more! Also, in honor of Open Access Week, ACS is promoting ACS AuthorChoice article from every journal. View articles by portfolio: Analytical | Applied | Biological | Materials Science & Engineering | Organic/Inorganic | Physical   Each and every day, ACS grants […]

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October 26, 2016

Going Back to the Future With Organometallics Distinguished Author Valentine P. Ananikov

By Jesse Stanchak

More than five years ago, Irina P. Beletskaya and Valentine P. Ananikov published an article in Organometallics entitled, “Can We Predict the Future of Organometallic Chemistry?” The article took a critical eye to the past and present state of the discipline as it stood in 2011. Additionally, the authors made predictions about the future of […]

October 26, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Physical Chemistry Week

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Physical Chemistry portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Analytical | Applied | Biological […]

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October 26, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Organic/Inorganic Research

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Organic/Inorganic portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Analytical | Applied | Biological | Materials […]

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October 25, 2016

Discover the Future of 2D Materials

By Selenah Njoloma

Interested in learning about the future of 2D materials and their applications? Join ACS editors on November 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. (EST) for an hour-long free webinar.  You’ll hear from ACS Publications Associate Editors Mark Hersam of ACS Nano, Jeanie Lau of Nano Letters, Kian Ping Loh of Chemistry of Materials, and ACS Photonics […]

October 24, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Applied Chemistry Research

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Applied Chemistry portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Analytical | Biological | Materials Science & […]

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Open Access Week

October 24, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Analytical Chemistry Research

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Analytical Chemistry portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Applied | Biological | Materials Science […]

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October 21, 2016

ACS Nano Associate Editor Paula T. Hammond Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

By Ellie Key

ACS Nano Associate Editor Paula T. Hammond has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Hammond is the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering and head of MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering. The honor recognizes her distinguished contributions to medicine and health. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in […]

  • National Academy of Medicine

October 21, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: 3-D Recordings of Brain Activity — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: 3-D recordings of brain activity, light control of insulin release, ensuring the accuracy of compound registries — 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 […]

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ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

October 20, 2016

Introducing ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

By Jesse Stanchak

Get ready to expand the boundaries of chemistry with ACS Publications’ newest journal: ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, which is currently accepting submissions. Starting in 2017, this peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal will publish high-impact basic and applied research from a variety of disciplines, including atmospheric and marine chemistry, astrochemistry, and analytical geochemistry. ACS Earth and Space […]

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October 14, 2016

Nanoparticles that Speed Blood Clotting May Someday Save Lives

By Jesse Stanchak

Whether severe trauma occurs on the battlefield or the highway, saving lives often comes down to stopping the bleeding as quickly as possible. Many methods for controlling external bleeding exist, but at this point, only surgery can halt blood loss inside the body from injury to internal organs. Now, researchers have developed nanoparticles that congregate […]

  • nanoparticles
malaria treatment and open source drug discovery

October 13, 2016

Exploring Malaria Treatment and Open Source Drug Discovery on Reddit

By Katherine Stevens

On October 4, ACS Publications hosted a Reddit AMA with researchers Matthew Todd and Alice E. Williamson of the Open Source Malaria Consortium. Mat and Alice recently published a paper in ACS Central Science on open source drug discovery and its impact on a new treatment for malaria. Their research could have a major impact […]

  • Drug Discovery
  • malaria
  • open source

October 13, 2016

2017 James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award Lectureship Awarded

By Freddy Tellez

Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters and the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award Lectureship is Professor Meagan S. Mauter from Carnegie Mellon University. This award recognizes the contributions of early career researchers who have led our […]

  • water