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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

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 Editor’s 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 […]

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

May 4, 2016

6 ACS Journal Editors You Need to Follow on Twitter

By Jesse Stanchak

Social tools like Twitter have changed the way the world communicates. Social networks help us connect with fascinating people from all walks of life, in all manner of disciplines, from all over the world. You can use Twitter to get news and views from politicians, musicians, business leaders and yes, even chemists. Twitter is full of institutional accounts […]

  • ACS Central Science
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Organometallics
  • Social Media
  • Twitter

May 2, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Spotting Counterfeit Honey, Flexible LEDs, and Fighting Climate Change with Bubbles

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: *** Building a Better Flexible Display With Nanowires Flexible electronic displays have a variety of applications, but the organic light-emitting diodes used in many displays tend to wear […]

  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Photonics
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • climate change
  • EKG patches
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • honey
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
  • light bulbs

April 29, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Understanding the Properties of Colloidal Double Quantum Dots

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: colloidal double quantum dots, simulating gas–liquid−water partitioning – optical sensors for simultaneous imaging of pH and dissolved O2- 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 […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Sensors
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • JACS
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Timothy Lodge

April 27, 2016

In the Lab with Timothy Lodge

By Angela Walker

At the highest levels of research, it can be easy to become nearsighted, focusing only on your own narrow specialty. Thankfully, that’s not the case with Timothy Lodge. Lodge is a Regents Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He’s the Editor-in-Chief of […]

  • ACS Macro Letters
  • Macromolecules
  • Timothy Lodge

April 25, 2016

Meet the Q1 2016 Lectureship Winners

By Jesse Stanchak

2016 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award Winner: Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer Institution: Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Energiekonversion Research Highlights: A professor and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, Dr. DeBeer’s research group is focused on the development and application of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools for understanding […]

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Photonics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Chemical Biology
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Langmuir
  • Lectureships
  • Macromolecules
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Letters
  • Organometallics
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

April 22, 2016

Environmental Science & Technology Letters Honors Earth Day

By Freddy Tellez

Did you know the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters (ES&T Letters) is an international environmental forum for rapid communications on experimental and theoretical results of exceptional timeliness in all aspects of environmental science, and short reviews on emerging environmental science & technology topics? The topics covered are highly relevant to the preservation of […]

  • Earth Day 2016
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters

April 22, 2016

Energy & Fuels: Past, Present & Future With Michael T. Klein

By Renee John

In celebration of Eath Day 2016, Energy & Fuels Editor-in-Chief Michael T. Klein discusses the state of energy research. You’ve been the EIC of Energy & Fuels since 2002. How has the field of energy and fuels research changed in that time?  The most significant change is that virtually all possible energy solutions are placed in and […]

  • Earth Day 2016
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Michael T Klein

April 22, 2016

Chemical Research in Toxicology: The Place for Chemists Curious about Contaminants

By Renee John

“‘Chemophobia’ is spreading,” says Janice E. Silverman, Acquisitions Editor of Chemical Research in Toxicology. “Everything is perceived as toxic.” Many people may overestimate the dangers posed by “toxic” substances in their everyday lives, but toxicology research plays an undeniable role in our understanding of contaminants to the environment and living species. “Toxicology tries to determine […]

  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Earth Day 2016
  • Janice E. Silverman
Journal of Chemical Education

April 22, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day 2016 with the Journal of Chemical Education

By Mary Saecker

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day is an ACS annual event that seeks to bring international focus to environmental topics, such as clean air, water, and energy. Earth Day serves to illustrate the positive role chemistry plays in understanding and preserving the Earth. In honor of Earth Day 2016, the Journal of Chemical Education is highlighting recently […]

  • Earth Day 2016
  • Journal of Chemical Education

April 22, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Robot Skin and Regenerating Axons

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: smart skin for robots, repairing injured neurons  — 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 […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Nano
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

April 22, 2016

Life in the Lab: The Future of Biological Materials and Biofuels

By Jesse Stanchak

Challa Vijaya Kumar, Ph.D, is a professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut. Prof. Kumar’s research interest is in the production of functional materials that are biodegradable. He is also interested in using chemical reactions to transform these materials into something that people can benefit from, such as biofuel cell-based power. Watch this video […]

  • biofuels
  • Challa Vijaya Kumar
  • Earth Day 2016
  • video

April 21, 2016

10 of the Hottest Research Topics in Chemistry – Q1 2016

By Freddy Tellez

Virtual Collections include Special Issues and ACS Selects from ACS journals. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and educators alike. Browse our most recent collections from January 2016 to March 2016. Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Medium-Sized Molecules and Clusters: Theory, Experiment, and Applications This collection contains more […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Select
  • ACS Select Virtual Issue
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • Hottest Chemistry Research Topics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Journal of Proteome Research
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Virtual Issue
  • Virtual Special Issue

April 20, 2016

Take a 360° Lab Tour With The Journal of Physical Chemistry’s John T. Fourkas

By Joseph Graham

John T. Fourkas is the Millard Alexander Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland in College Park. Fourkas is also the Senior Editor for The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, and C, a position he’s held since 2002. We recently caught up with Fourkas for a brief video […]

  • In the Lab
  • John T. Fourkas
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C