Category: Physical Chemistry

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 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 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
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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

April 15, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Healing Broken Hearts

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: healing damaged hearts without resorting to a transplant, developing a better dehydrogenation catalyst, creating an algorithm for classifying molecular interaction motifs in crystal structures — 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 […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Crystal Growth & Design
  • Industrial &Engineering Chemistry Research
  • JACS
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

April 8, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Fighting Infections, Preparing Graphene — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: research into the treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, the scalable preparation of high-quality graphene, the study of ultralow interfacial tensions — 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 Catalysis
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Langmuir
Joan Brennecke and JCED

April 7, 2016

Joan Brennecke’s fresh take on the Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data

By Bryan McBournie

More than five years ago, Dr. Joan Brennecke signed on as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data (JCED). She had no prior editorial experience, so when she accepted the position she brought with her a fresh perspective. Since settling into their new roles, Brennecke and her team of Associate Editors have been […]

  • Joan Brennecke
  • Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology

April 1, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Human Astrovirus, DNA-Assembled Nanoparticles — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a potential treatment for human astrovirus, improvements to DNA-assembled nanoparticles, a new means for controlling the transmembrane transport of charged biomacromolecules — 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 Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Infectious Diseases
  • ACS Nano
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

March 24, 2016

ACS Central Science Celebrates Its First Anniversary

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Central Science – our first fully open access journal – celebrates its first birthday this week. It was one year ago, at the ACS spring meeting in Denver, that the journal debuted. Today ACS Central Science is living up to its promise to highlight and communicate research articles that epitomize the “centrality of chemistry.” Every issue […]

  • ACS Central Science

March 18, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Choosing the Right Solvent — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: a deep dive into solvent selection frameworks, a study of nanomotions in nanotubes, a look into the worrying rise of phosphorus levels in streams and lakes — 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 […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Langmuir
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

March 15, 2016

Video: Exploring Metal Oxides as Photoanodes

By Jesse Stanchak

The hunt is on for better ways to store solar energy for future use. One promising looking avenue is using metal oxides as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this video, Alex Rettie and Will Chemelewski look at two potential anode candidates: bismuth vanadate and iron oxide. They explain their recent research into the field […]

  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

March 11, 2016

Meet ACS’ New Associate Editors for Q1 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. *** Maria Laura Bolognesi, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry What do […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • Associate Editors
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

March 11, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Building a Better Biodegradable Plastic — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: building a better biodegradable plastic, taking a closer look at the impact of temperature on enzyme-catalyzed reactions, getting an overview of current research in polymerization-induced self-assembly in 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 […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Macro Letters
  • Biochemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Langmuir
  • Macromolecules

March 1, 2016

Meet ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Prashant Kamat

By Renee John

ACS is proud to announce the launch of a new journal, ACS Energy Letters, dedicated to showcasing the latest findings in energy conversion and storage from a variety of chemistry disciplines. Leading this exciting new journal is Dr. Prashant Kamat, principal scientist at the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory. What are your goals as […]

  • ACS Energy Letters
  • Prashant Kamat

February 26, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: Antarctic Lead, “Drug-Initiated” Delivery Systems — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Lead contamination in Antartica, a new anode material for lithium-ion batteries and a look at “drug-initiated” medication delivery systems — 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 Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • ACS Photonics
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

February 25, 2016

2 ACS Editors Share in Dan David Prize

By Jesse Stanchak

Each year the Dan David Foundation awards three prizes of $1 million each to individuals or institutions that have made remarkable contributions in three categories: past, present, and future. This year, the winners of the “future” prize will include A. Paul Alivisatos, founding editor of Nano Letters, and Chad Mirkin, Associate Editor of the Journal […]

  • A. Paul Alivisatos
  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Nano Letters
  • Chad Mirkin
  • JACS

February 11, 2016

JACS Editor Peter Stang Receives China’s International Science and Technology Cooperation Award

By Jesse Stanchak

Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) Editor Peter Stang recently received China’s International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. Stang, along with six other foreign scientists, received the honor during a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Jan. 8. During the ceremony, Stang had the opportunity to meet […]

  • China
  • JACS
  • Peter Stang

February 10, 2016

What Drives an Editor? Ask ACS Central Science’s Carolyn Bertozzi

By Selenah Njoloma

 What motivates this year’s National Academy of Sciences awardee — a busy professor at Stanford University with a full plate — to assume the role as Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, a new open access journal ready to compete with top science journals? The answer lies in what drives Carolyn Bertozzi. Her brief bio on Twitter […]

  • ACS Central Science
  • Carolyn Bertozzi
  • open access
litium-ion batteries

February 3, 2016

Perspectives on the Electrode–Electrolyte Interface in Lithium-Ion Batteries

By Jesse Stanchak

Longer-lasting batteries would be a boon to humanity, helping both the environment and our equipment budgets. One roadblock, however, is that common lithium-ion batteries aren’t as well understood as you might think. Researchers have been studying their electrode/electrolyte interface (EEI) for 40 years and questions still linger about how certain compounds form in the EEI, […]

  • Electrochemical Energy Laboratory
  • electrode/electrolyte interface
  • lithium-ion batteries
  • Magali Gauthier
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

January 29, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Invisibility, Rare Earth Elements in San Francisco Bay and more!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week:  Researchers build a biomimetic mechanical chameleon to test a new method for achieving invisibility via real-time active camouflage, while a study shows concentrations of rare earth  elements used in new high-tech applications are rapidly building up in San Francisco Bay – and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a […]

  • ACS Nano
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Crystal Growth and Design
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • invisibility
  • JACS
  • real-time camouflage
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry

January 20, 2016

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters’ ACS LiveSlides: Off the page, into the world

By Chi Wang

In 2013, the editors of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters realized that to increase authors’ reach, they’d need to attract a wider audience, including readers from outside the chemical physics and atomic molecular physics disciplines. To do that, published articles would need to be made more accessible, possibly shorter, and friendlier to mobile devices. How could […]

  • ACS LiveSlides
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
  • Prashant Kamat

January 15, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Can Plasmonic Nanoparticles Improve Solar Cells?

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: A perspective on whether plasmonic nanoparticles can enhance solar cells, a look at the effects of ingesting microplastics on seabirds, a move toward more complex molecular topologies in pharmaceutical research – and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Photonics
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Organometallics
  • plasmonic nanoparticles
  • solar cells
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

January 13, 2016

Explore New Multidisciplinary Topics with ACS Virtual Collections

By Renee John

Some chemistry topics are so important, so complex, so ripe for discussion that a single article just can’t do the subject justice. That’s why ACS publishes Virtual Collections — special issues and ACS Selects from ACS journals that offer deep dives into a variety of important subjects. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Combinatorial Science
  • ACS Infectious Diseases
  • ACS Select
  • ACS Select Virtual Issue
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Gram-Negative Resistance
  • Hottest Chemistry Research Topics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Ligand Design
  • materials genomics
  • Organocatalysis
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Virtual Issue
  • Virtual Special Issue

January 8, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: A New Use for Lithium-Ion Batteries — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week in ACS Editors’ Choice: a surprising use for lithium-ion batteries; a new class of hydrogen evolution catalyst; a screening process for spotting compounds with analgesic properties – 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • open access
  • research

December 11, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Connecting Chemistry with Society

By Miranda Paley

Pacifichem celebrates the coming together of the chemical societies of far-flung nations, and in so doing, their cultures as well.  It is only fitting, then, that in the Pacifichem venue they will discuss the role that chemistry plays in society as a whole. Whether it is supplying the new clean energy sources we need to […]

December 8, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Physical, Theoretical & Computational Chemistry

By Carlos Toro

Since its founding in 1984, the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem) has been a pre-eminent forum for scientists around the globe to showcase and discuss the most recent leading-edge developments in all areas where chemistry is the core discipline. In its seventh edition, Pacifichem 2015 is anticipated to draw more than 10,000 […]

  • Pacifichem 2015
  • Physical Theoretical & Computational Chemistry