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October 11, 2016

A Perspective on Lignin Refining, Functionalization, and Utilization

By Dimitris S. Argyropoulos and Claudia Crestini

This editorial originally appeared in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Special Issue from October 3, 2016. Lignin is the second most abundant natural polymer in the world, yet its utilization (other than for fuel) makes up only a tiny fraction of the billions of pounds processed from harvested wood and other lignocellulosic crops. There […]

October 7, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease — and more!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: understanding alzheimer’s disease, cellular decision making accelerating nerve Agent hydrolysis — and more! ** Also be sure to read this week’s special collections of research by 2016 Nobel Prize winners in medicine and chemistry. ** Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s […]

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National Nanotechnology Day

October 7, 2016

Celebrate National Nanotechnology Day With These Nanotechnology Resources

By Jesse Stanchak

Mark your tiniest calendar! October 9th is the first-ever National Nanotechnology Day and ACS Publications will be celebrating in a big way. We’ve got events planned, resources to share, and an online conversation anyone can join. What is National Nanotechnology Day? The day is joint project of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and scientific societies […]

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October 5, 2016

3 Molecular Machine Pioneers Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

By Jesse Stanchak

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 is awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart, and Ben L. Feringa for their work in developing “molecular machines.” The trio, who will split the prize equally, designed and built molecules that can be controlled to accomplish a task once they’re supplied with energy. Sauvage is being recognized for his […]

  • 2016 Nobel Prize

September 30, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Energy Storage, Improving Biosensors, Reticular Chemistry — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: stable energy etorage, a breakthrough that could lead to improved biosensors, advancements in reticular chemistry — 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 […]

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recycling

September 23, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Contaminants in Paper Recycling — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: contaminants in paper recycling, high-resolution ratiometric temperature mapping in small animals, modeling of lasing action in core–shell metallic 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 are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors […]

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  • recycling
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

September 21, 2016

I&EC Research Presents Excellence in Review Awards for 2016

By Phillip E. Savage

This editorial originally appeared in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. In conjunction with Peer Review Week 2016 (yes, there is such a thing), which is September 19−25, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research is delighted to announce its first set of Excellence in Review Awards. The peer review system has long been part of the formal […]

  • Peer Review Week

September 16, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Rapid Sepsis diagnostics, A Compound With Multistage Antimalarial Activity — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: rapid sepsis diagnostics, a compound with multistage antimalarial activity, distinctive in-plane cleavage behaviors of two-dimensional layered materials– 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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September 13, 2016

ACS Central Science Introduces a Mobile App

By Andrew Clinton

ACS Central Science is a fully open access, multidisciplinary journal that publishes articles of exceptional quality and interest to the broad chemistry and scientific community. ACS Publications is proud to unveil our newest mobile offering that will help our researchers discover this research while on the go. Introducing: the ACS Central Science App! “This is […]

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September 12, 2016

Why Science Needs Civility

By Sarah Brittman

In an ideal world, science is a wholly objective pursuit. The facts are indisputable. But such a model is too simple to represent reality. Every day new research challenges long-held tenets, probing our understanding to make sure that we do indeed have our facts straight. When all the known data fits one theory, we declare […]

September 9, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Cancer Diagnostics, Vehicle Lightweighting, Nanotechnology Diagnostic Devices — and more!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: cancer diagnostics, vehicle lightweighting, nanotechnology diagnostic 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 by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world to highlight the transformative power […]

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fake medications

September 9, 2016

Watch A Paper-Based Test for Fake Medications In Action

By Jesse Stanchak

Each year, fake or substandard medications kill more than 300,000 people worldwide. Many of these falsified drugs are dispensed in developing countries, where they can either directly harm users or deprive them of needed treatment. Testing medication to ensure it is genuine can be costly and difficult. And with internet sales of medications on the […]

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  • medications
plants removing volatile organic compounds

September 2, 2016

Watch How Houseplants Help Remove Volatile Organic Compounds

By Jesse Stanchak

If you’re a fan of fresh air (and who isn’t?) a recent discovery may be cause for celebration. Research by State University of New York at Oswego’s Vadoud Niri shows certain common houseplants may provide a lower-cost option for removing volatile organic compounds from the air in homes. He found that plants can be useful for removing compounds such […]

  • 252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition
  • air pollution
Sun-Protection Solution

August 29, 2016

Sun-Protection Solution Goes Global With ACS Sensors

By Chi Wang

It was a simple idea: a sun-protection solution that would let you know if you’re catching too many rays before you start to burn. It was so simple that J. Justin Gooding, Ph.D., a principal investigator at the University of New South Wales, didn’t even pursue it. He pressed on for several more years managing […]

  • sun exposure

August 26, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Fish-Killing Microalgae — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: fish-killing microalgae, electrochemical reduction of CO2, potential treatment of diabetic nephropathy — 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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August 25, 2016

Our Editors Win Big at the 2017 ACS National Awards

By Jesse Stanchak

The winners of the 2017 ACS National Awards were announced at the 252nd ACS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this month. A number of ACS editors came away from the meeting with major awards. The majority of the 2017 ACS National Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony held during the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San […]

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August 24, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Thyroid Disruptions, Drug Discovery, and Flexible Crystals

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: *** Flint Water Crisis May Also Be Responsible For Legionnaires’ Outbreaks Two recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint, Mich., may be the result of the city’s […]

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August 19, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Efficient Synthesis of Key Component of Anti-AIDS Drugs — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: efficient synthesis of a key anti-AIDS drugs component, understanding meth addiction, ulrastable battery anodes — 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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August 19, 2016

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters Wants to Spotlight on Your Work

By Gregory D. Scholes

This editorial originally appeared in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Communicating how and why our work is interesting—or matters—is difficult. An editor of a high-profile journal once said to me: “I’d really like to report more news about breakthroughs in physical chemistry research. But the problem is that I read the abstracts of the […]

August 17, 2016

Could Droplet Testing Replace Microplate Analysis?

By Jesse Stanchak

Scientists have long relied on the 96-well microplate for analyzing samples of blood, DNA and other substances. An entire industry has developed around these plates’ usefulness. And scientists have relied on them for years in diagnostics and other applications, but that could change with a new approach that uses evaporating droplets suspended on tiny pillars, […]

  • medical testing

August 16, 2016

Get to Know 2016 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Award Winner Xiaoyuan Chen

By Chi Wang

2016 marks the first year of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Award. The inaugural award goes to Dr. Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen, the Senior Investigator and Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH. “It’s really an honor to be acknowledged as the first recipient of […]

  • Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Symposium
  • Dr. Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen

August 15, 2016

A Small Change That Could Make a Big Difference in Portable Electronics

By Umberto Celano and Elena Capogreco

Smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronics are everywhere. Most of these devices rely on a kind of flash memory known as NAND to meet consumer’s storage needs. Everyone wants their phone to hold more photos, more files, and more apps. But at the same time, we also want our devices to get smaller and less […]

August 11, 2016

Meet the Newest Associate Editors of ACS Publications Journals – Q2 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. *** Lutgarde Raskin, Environmental Science & Technology What do you […]

KAIST International Materials Science and Engineering Workshop 2016

August 10, 2016

KAIST Welcomes ACS Editors

By Jesse Stanchak

Earlier this month, a group of editors from a variety of ACS Publications journals were invited to speak at the KAIST International Materials Science and Engineering Workshop 2016 in Daejeon, South Korea. The editors led sessions on topics such as nanostructures for photoelectric and device applications, novel materials for functional applications, and emerging materials for catalyst and […]

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August 9, 2016

Looking Back on the Life of Ahmed Zewail

By Sai Konda

Nobel Prize winner Ahmed Zewail died last week. Zewail was a brilliant scientist with long-standing ties to ACS. He was a former associate editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry, a recipient of the Priestley Medal, ACS’ highest award, and even had an ACS award named in his honor: The Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast […]

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August 8, 2016

We Want to Change the World: Taking a Look Inside Energy Devices to Engineer Better Materials

By Matthew T McDowell

As a first-year professor at Georgia Tech, I have spent the past two semesters engaged in the exciting process of building a research group. The first few months after I arrived were a whirlwind – supplies were purchased, equipment was built, and we moved into our lab. We were then able to jump into research […]

  • batteries
  • energy materials

August 5, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Studying Modified Risk Tobacco Products — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: studying the impact of modified risk tobacco products, selenium solar cells, a perspective on photoredox catalysis in organic chemistry– 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 […]

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Scott J. Miller

August 5, 2016

The Journal of Organic Chemistry Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief Scott J. Miller

By Brooke Howell

Yale University Professor Scott J. Miller will join The Journal of Organic Chemistry next year as its new Editor-in-Chief. Miller is the Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry at Yale and has won numerous awards, including the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award and the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He […]

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August 3, 2016

Get a Taste of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 

By Freddy Tellez

Did you know the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) publishes high-quality, cutting-edge original research representing complete studies and research advances dealing with the chemistry and biochemistry of agriculture and food? The Journal also encourages papers with chemistry and/or biochemistry as a major component combined

August 1, 2016

First Week as an Assistant Professor: Coffee and Lists

By Keith A. Brown

I recently started as an assistant professor at Boston University. Moving from a high-tempo research group with a constant flurry of activity to an empty office is a pretty jarring transition. Having an abundance of time to think was very welcome, however, as it was the first, and perhaps last, time in my research career […]

microbiome

July 29, 2016

#ACSmicrobiome Webinar Series Examines How Chemists Are Studying the Microbiome

By Brooke Howell

Microorganisms are Earth’s oldest life forms and have come to inhabit virtually every location on the planet. Recent advances in technology have enabled researchers to dissect how microorganisms interact with their surroundings. These investigations reveal that microorganisms exist in complex communities commonly referred to as “the microbiome.” These microbial communities have been found to be […]

  • microbiome

July 29, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Using Block Copolymer Membranes for Drug Capture — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: using block copolymer membranes for drug capture, gold nanocrystal stabilization, fungal biotransformation of tetracycline 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 […]

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July 27, 2016

Are You Eligible for an ACS Omega Discount?

By Stephanie Monasky

Ever wondered how much it costs to publish in ACS Omega? Wonder no more. We’ve got a cost calculator for that. Calculate your article publishing charge. Here’s the breakdown: The base price for publication in ACS Omega is $2,000, but membership and regional discounts apply. If you’re an ACS member, the base price for publication drops […]

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July 22, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Understanding Breast Cancer Cell Pathogenicity — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week:understanding breast cancer cell pathogenicity, modeling and prediction of polar organic chemical integrative sampler (POCIS) sampling rates, mechanochemistry inspired by nature — 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 […]

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July 22, 2016

Inaugural ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards Winners Announced

By Brooke Howell

ACS Infectious Diseases is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural Young Investigator Awards: Dr. Audrey Odom and Dr. Timothy Wencewicz of Washington University in St. Louis and Dr. Marcos Pires of Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. These outstanding early career researchers were chosen based on the significant contributions they’ve made in the field […]

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July 21, 2016

Awards Recognize the Best Journal of Natural Products Papers

By Jesse Stanchak

The best papers published in the Journal of Natural Products during 2015 were recently recognized with a pair of awards. The 2016 Arthur E. Schwarting Award goes to Johanna Michl, Geoffrey C. Kite, Stefan Wanke, Oliver Zierau, Gunter Vollmer, Christoph Neinhuis, Monique S.J. Simmons, and Michael Heinrich. The award recognizes their paper, “LC-MS and 1H NMR-Based […]

  • Arthur E. Schwarting Award
  • Jack L. Beal Award

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 […]

  • 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 […]