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December 19, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of November 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in November of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each analytical chemistry ACS Publications journal in November 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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December 19, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Analytical Chemistry Articles of November 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in November of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each analytical chemistry ACS Publications journal in November 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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December 19, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of November 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in November of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each analytical chemistry ACS Publications journal in November 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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Polymer Concepts Across the Curriculum

December 13, 2017

Journal of Chemical Education Special Issue: Polymer Concepts Across the Curriculum

By Freddy Tellez

The Journal of Chemical Education is proud to announce a new special issue titled “Polymer Concepts across the Curriculum.” Polymers are one of chemistry’s biggest contributions to everyday human experiences in the 21st century. Most chemistry graduates work with polymers at some time during their careers. The aim of all contributions to this special issue is to […]

December 8, 2017

Luminescent Nanoparticles Leave a Glowing Fingerprint

By Melissae Fellet, for C&EN

A new fingerprinting technique that uses long-lived luminescent nanoparticles provides sharp images of otherwise invisible prints. The method offers better resolution than standard fingerprinting for forensic investigation, the researchers say. When collecting fingerprints at crime scenes, investigators choose from a handful of reagents to reveal the patterns deposited on surfaces by skin oils and proteins. […]

December 7, 2017

What Chemists Do: Novartis’ Yves P. Auberson

By Jesse Stanchak

Yves Auberson is the executive director of Global Discovery Chemistry at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Auberson’s team is responsible for designing and synthesizing drugs that are safe for patients suffering from diseases such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. In this video interview, Auberson explains what satisfies him the most about working in chemistry and the […]

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Solid-State Li-Ion

December 5, 2017

Take a Closer Look at Advancements in All-Solid-State Li-Ion Batteries

By Jesse Stanchak

Batteries based on conventional organic electrolytes are useful, but they can present safety concerns. Inorganic solid lithium ion conductors show promise as a replacement. Achieving a level of conductivity in solid lithium ion conductors comparable with that in liquid electrolytes remains a challenge, however. One of the approaches for achieving a desirable conductivity is doping […]

December 1, 2017

Fighting HIV with Chemistry: A Virtual Issue

By Mia Fields-Hall

In 2016, an estimated 36.7 million people around the world were living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Even though scientists only identified the virus in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of the disease, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Nearly 35 years after the discovery of […]

November 30, 2017

Tailoring MoS2 Exciton–Plasmon Interaction by Optical Spin–Orbit Coupling

By Jesse Stanchak

A single-atom-thick monolayer of Molybdenum disulfide is a two-dimensional material with remarkable electronic and optical properties, notes a paper in ACS Nano. These properties make it an ideal candidate for a wide range of optoelectronic applications. However, the atomic monolayer thickness poses a significant challenge in MoS2 photoluminescence emission due to weak light–matter interaction. In […]

November 28, 2017

Video: Taking a Closer Look at Crystal Engineering of Self-Assembled Porous Protein Materials in Living Cells

By Jesse Stanchak

Crystalline porous materials have been investigated for development of important applications in molecular storage, separations, and catalysis. The potential of protein crystals is increasing as they become better understood. Protein crystals have been regarded as porous materials because they present highly ordered 3D arrangements of protein molecules with high porosity and wide range of pore […]

November 27, 2017

What Chemists Do: Outco’s Markus Roggen

By Jesse Stanchak

What are chemists doing to legitimize new industries? Markus Roggen, Vice President of Extraction at Outco, works to make doses of medical marijuana more consistently effective, delivering a more reliable product to the public. The What Chemists Do video series highlights just how many different careers are possible with a background in chemistry. Watch more […]

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November 22, 2017

Understanding Wine “Legs,” the Marangoni Effect and Minibot Motors

By Jesse Stanchak

As wine enthusiasts know, the “legs” or “tears” that run down a glass after a gentle swirl can yield clues about a wine’s alcohol content. Interestingly, the physical phenomenon — called the Marangoni effect – responsible for creating these tears can be harnessed for practical applications. Scientists have developed little motors that can run based […]

November 22, 2017

Pressure Pumps Up Protein Reaction Yields

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan, for C&EN

Protein-based drugs are often used to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, hemophilia, or gout. But if used in their native form, they can be short-lived or trigger harmful inflammation. To prevent this, drugmakers attach polyethylene glycol (PEG), a polymer that stabilizes therapeutic proteins and enhances their efficacy, to specific sites within the protein—a reaction […]

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November 21, 2017

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Cranberry Sauce — And Pectin Chemistry Research!

By Molly Ferns

Thanksgiving is here, so it’s only natural to have food — and the chemistry behind it — on the brain! Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and enjoying being with family and friends, but the meal can also spur disagreement, such as whether canned or homemade cranberry sauce is superior. Regardless of where you stand […]

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November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each physical chemistry ACS Publications journal in October 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each multidisciplinary chemistry ACS Publications journal in October 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each biological chemistry ACS Publications journal in October 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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November 20, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of October 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in October of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each applied chemistry ACS Publications journal in October 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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November 17, 2017

Announcing the Winner of the “Show Us Your Lab” Contest

By Jesse Stanchak

Last month, ACS Axial held a contest asking readers to send in photos of their labs, classrooms, offices or wherever they do their best work. Today I am proud to announce the winner: Dr. Greg D. Smith of the Conservation Science Lab at Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. The 3,000 square foot state-of-the-art analytical and […]

November 15, 2017

Baking Soda Washes Pesticides from Apples

By Janet Pelley, for C&EN

Rinsing produce with tap water removes germs and also significantly reduces pesticide residues. But some pesticides persist on produce after getting doused under the faucet, raising health concerns about chronic, low-level exposure to the compounds. A new study finds that a baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) wash can completely remove residues of two pesticides from the […]

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November 13, 2017

Kerri Pratt Wins 2018 James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award

By Freddy Tellez

University of Michigan Professor Kerri Pratt is the recipient of the 2018 James J. Morgan Environmental Science & Technology Early Career Award. The James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award, named afterthe first Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology, recognizes the contributions of early career researchers who have led the field in new directions through […]

Shana J. Sturla

November 10, 2017

Meet Chemical Research in Toxicology’s New EIC: Shana J. Sturla

By Mia Fields-Hall

ACS is proud to announce ETH Zürich Professor Shana J. Sturla as the new Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Research in Toxicology. The distinguished peer-reviewed journal celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, and Sturla will become its head in January 2018. Sturla will succeed Professor Stephen S. Hecht, Ph.D., who has served as the journal’s editor since […]

Plasmon-Coupled Resonance Energy Transfer

November 9, 2017

Video Overview of Plasmon-Coupled Resonance Energy Transfer

By Jesse Stanchak

Watch an overview of resonance energy transfer between molecules in the presence of plasmonic structures and derive an explicit Förster-type expression for the rate of plasmon-coupled resonance energy transfer (PC-RET). Plasmonics is a multidisciplinary field that examines the interaction between electromagnetic fields and conduction electrons in metals and semiconductors. Resonance energy transfer (RET), including radiative […]

Cannabis Chemistry

November 6, 2017

Cannabis Chemistry: A Closer Look at Toxicant Formation in Dabbing

By Jesse Stanchak

The most-read paper in ACS Omega during September 2017 looked the formation of methacrolein, benzene, and toxicants while “dabbing” with butane hash oil.  This context,“ dabbing” means to put a small amount of cannabis-containing liquid such as butane hash oil on a hot surface, then inhale the vapors via a water pipe. Since cannabis chemistry […]

Neuroscience 2017

November 2, 2017

Join ACS Chemical Neuroscience at Neuroscience 2017

By Molly Ferns

The Society for Neuroscience’s 47th annual meeting, Neuroscience 2017, in Washington, D.C., is just over a week away! As the largest neuroscience conference, this meeting draws more than 30,000 attendees from over 80 countries worldwide. ACS Chemical Neuroscience is looking forward to joining the excitement with ACS Central Science, ACS Infectious Diseases, ACS Medicinal Chemistry […]

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November 1, 2017

Inorganic Chemistry Appoints Three New Associate Editors

By Brooke Howell

Inorganic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief William B. Tolman is excited to announce the appointment of three new Associate Editors to the journal’s editorial team. Starting November 1, 2017: Suzanne C. Bart, Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Purdue University Hiroshi Kageyama, Professor, Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University Starting January 1, 2018: […]

October 30, 2017

Discover ACS Research with the Highest Altmetric Attention Scores

By Andrew Clinton

In December 2016, we announced our partnership with Altmetric, the alternative metrics platform that provides authors with a single view of the online activity surrounding their scholarly content. Through the partnership with Altmetric, we began to display  Altmetric Attention Scores on all research articles published across our entire portfolio of peer-reviewed research journals. As a […]

October 27, 2017

Sulfur Dioxide Pollution Tied to Degraded Sperm Quality

By Janet Pelley, for C&EN

Men’s sperm counts have plummeted by up to 60% over the last 40 years in Western countries and by nearly 30% since 2001 in China. Experts lack firm answers regarding the cause of the sperm deficit but suspect that behaviors such as smoking or exposures to hormone-disrupting compounds in plastics or pesticides are to blame. […]

October 26, 2017

ACS Editors Elected to National Academy of Medicine

By Jesse Stanchak

Nano Letters Co-Editor Charles M. Lieber and Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) Associate Editor Benjamin F. Cravatt are among the newest members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The health and medical community considers membership in NAM to be one of the field’s top honors. NAM membership recognizes individuals who have demonstrated […]

October 20, 2017

Forgery of Ancient Silk Leaves Chemical Footprint

By Louisa Dalton, for C&EN

Chemists have pulled back the veil on suspected ancient silk forgeries by revealing telltale chemical traces in the fabric. They show that amino acid analysis can tell real ancient silk from fake, and their analysis method reveals the manner of deception: Amino acid measurements from forged silks match modern silks that have been soaked in […]

ACS Energy Letters Open Access

October 19, 2017

Why ACS Energy Letters Encourages Open Access Publishing

By Brooke Howell

With International Open Access Week coming up next week, I reached out to one of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for open access I know: ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Prashant V. Kamat. I wanted to get his take on this year’s International Open Access Week theme: “Open in order to….” “I encourage ACS Energy Letters authors […]

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October 18, 2017

Researcher’s ‘Star Wars’ Parody Video Produces Robust New Modeling Tool

By Jesse Stanchak

The “Star Wars” anthology is one of the most famous movie series ever made. So it’s no wonder that a group of Harvard researchers who were thinking about ways to engage the public in science, turned to Star Wars for inspiration. But rather than intergalactic battles, the scientists-turned-movie-makers depicted a fight for supremacy — among […]

October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Physical Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each physical chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Multidisciplinary Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each multidisciplinary chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Materials Science & Engineering Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each materials science & engineering ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take […]

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October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Biological Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each biological chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Applied Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each applied chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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October 17, 2017

Discover the Most-Read Analytical Chemistry Articles of September 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

What were chemists reading in September of 2017? To find out, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each analytical chemistry ACS Publications journal in September 2017, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors. The lists also don’t take other factors, […]

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October 13, 2017

Fluorescent Sensor Measures Ionic Strength in Living Cells

By Melissae Fellet, for C&EN

A fluorescent biosensor is the first to quantify the ionic strength inside living cells. The sensor could enable cell biologists to follow changes in ionic strength over time or at different locations in a cell, changes that are key for controlling protein aggregation. Ionic strength measures the concentration of unbound ions floating in a cell. […]

October 13, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Wearable Ring-Based Sensing Platform for Detecting Chemical Threats — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: wearable ring-based sensing platform for detecting chemical threats, nanoscale coloristic pigments, the hydrophobic effect and the role of cosolvents — 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 […]

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