July 2016 - ACS Axial | ACS Publications

#ACSmicrobiome Webinar Series Examines How Chemists Are Studying the Microbiome

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 integral to many processes, including human and animal health, and environmental nutrient cycling. In light of our growing appreciation of the importance of the microbiome, ACS Publications began a three-part webinar series on July 26 exploring how chemists are studying this important topic.

Part 1: The Microbiome and the Environment

In this first webinar in the series, The Microbiome and the Environment, sponsored by Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters, Dr. Ariel Grostern, Managing Editor of Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, and Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, led Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, Altarum/ERIM Russell O’Neal Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Tong Zhang, Professor in the Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong, in a discussion of the role microorganisms play in the urban water cycle. Dr. Raskin and Dr. Zhang explained how molecular biology is providing insights into the complex microbial communities of wastewater treatment plants and the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes.

If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording complete with Dr. Grostern, Dr. Raskin, and Dr. Zhang’s slides any time. Just register here anytime.

Part 2: Microbiome Technologies

This second webinar in the series, Microbiome Technologies, is sponsored by ACS Nano and Analytical Chemistry and will address the role of the microbiome as it pertains to technology. The extraordinary measurement and manipulation requirements of studying the microbiome open up great opportunities for chemists, nanoscientists, and other researchers. These broad needs include the ability to eavesdrop on chemical communications, conduct massive multimodal data science, and develop synthetic biology- and mass spectrometry-based tools to manipulate organisms and populations. This webinar will provide an overview of the function of these technologies and discuss challenges and areas for investigation in these technologies.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 11

Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. CDT, 8:00 a.m. PDT

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of microbiome technologies.
  • Identify challenges associated with these technologies.
  • Explain how to study these technologies using nanoscience, nanotechnology, and mass spectrometry.

Moderator: Laura Fernandez, Managing Editor of ACS Nano and Nano Letters


  • Pieter Dorrestein, Professor at the University of California, San Diego; Director of the Collaborative Mass Spectrometry Innovation Center; and a Co-Director of the Institute for Metabolomics Medicine in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Department of Pharmacology
  • Paul S. Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Nano; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

Register today!

Part 3: The Microbiome in Health and Disease

This third webinar in the series, The Microbiome in Health and Disease, is sponsored by ACS Infectious Diseases and Journal of Proteome Research and will address the microbiome’s critical role in maintaining health and preventing disease. The gut’s microbiome plays an integral role not only in maintaining metabolism but also in providing a barrier against infectious disease. This webinar will offer an overview of the microbiome’s function in these aspects of human health and discuss in detail challenges to investigating the subject and various approaches to overcoming them. Attendees will learn about opportunities for chemists and chemical biologists in this research area.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 16

Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. CDT, 8:00 a.m. PDT

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of the microbiome as it pertains to infectious disease.
  • Identify challenges associated with studying the subject.
  • Discuss the effect of the colon’s microbiome on metabolism.
  • Outline cloud-based XCMS global metabolomics for microbiome analyses.

Moderator: Kristen Kindrachuk, Managing Editor of ACS Infectious Diseases, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry


  • Gary Siuzdak, Professor of Chemistry, Molecular and Computational Biology at The Scripps Research Institute and Senior Director of the Scripps Center for Metabolomics
  • Emily Balskus, Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University

Register today!

The Microbiome: An ACS Infectious Diseases Special Issue

Dr. Balskus is also the Guest Editor for an upcoming special issue of ACS Infectious Diseases titled The Microbiome. The issue is scheduled for publication in 2017 and the journal is accepting manuscripts until Oct. 1, 2016.

Submit your research on the microbiome today!

Tweet about these webinars, the ACS Infectious Diseases special issue The Microbiome, and the topic in general using the hashtag #ACSmicrobiome.


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

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 around the world to highlight the transformative power of chemistry. Access to these articles will remain open to all as a public service.

Check out this week’s picks!

Developing an Acidic Residue Reactive and Sulfoxide-Containing MS-Cleavable Homobifunctional Cross-Linker for Probing Protein–Protein Interactions
Anal. Chem., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b02240
Design and Characterization of Superpotent Bivalent Ligands Targeting Oxytocin Receptor Dimers via a Channel-Like Structure
J. Med. Chem., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.6b00564
Versatile Peptide C-Terminal Functionalization via a Computationally Engineered Peptide Amidase
ACS Catal., 2016, 6, pp 5405–5414
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b01062
N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands for Au Nanocrystal Stabilization and Three-Dimensional Self-Assembly
Langmuir, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01458
Fungal Biotransformation of Tetracycline Antibiotics
J. Org. Chem., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b01272
Iron-Based Binary Catalytic System for the Valorization of CO2 into Biobased Cyclic Carbonates
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01092
Block Copolymer Membranes for Efficient Capture of a Chemotherapy Drug
ACS Macro Lett., 2016, 5, pp 936–941
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.6b00459
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Get Ready for C&EN’s Talented 12 of 2016


Last year, C&EN debuted a new take on the state of the chemistry enterprise: by highlighting 12 path-paving young researchers and entrepreneurs that are set to change the face of the industry and solve global problems. The inaugural group was seeking ways to synthesize molecules in a more environmentally friendly way, developing methods to curb global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the air, and investigating the biochemical underpinnings of diseases to help find cures. Now, in the second year of C&EN’s Talented 12, we’ll highlight another set of inspiring chemists to know.

Who are they? The honorees for this year’s Talented 12 will be featured in C&EN’s August 15/22 double issue. Their names will be revealed onsite at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia this August, in a special symposium during which the nominees will present their research. Here, we give you a sneak peak into the process of selecting these rising stars, and what to expect at their August debut.

Why did C&EN want to launch a Talent competition to recognize scientists?

C&EN has always been on the lookout for new chemistry our readers may not yet know about but should. We see the Talented 12 as an opportunity for C&EN to do something similar for the chemistry community’s youngest members: Identify hot new rising stars and the potential of their big ideas. These are scientists whose next talk or paper you won’t want to miss.

How do you determine who participates?  Are members both from industry and academia?

All walks of research life—industry, government, academia–are welcome, but we have a few guidelines. We only consider chemists under the age of 42 who are still establishing themselves in their careers. We are also looking for a group of scientists that reflects the breadth and diversity of the chemical enterprise.

What would make an ideal candidate for Talented 12?

We’re looking for young scientists pushing the boundaries in their field. That could mean an academic researcher or an industry scientist who is tackling tough problems and whose work shows signs of having a societal impact. As we tell our advisors, “Imagine if you had met George Whitesides when he was beginning to explore self-assembled monolayers? Or had a hint when Jennifer Doudna was just out of graduate school that she’d one day discover a groundbreaking tool for gene editing?”

Last year was the inaugural launch of C&EN’s Talented 12. What has been the feedback the freshman class?

We’ve gotten a great response from last year’s Talented 12! Not only did they seem to connect strongly with one another while attending last year’s fall ACS national meeting in Boston, many reconnected with former colleagues after the issue came out. And highlighting these young scientists can be a great signal boost for their research. We’ve heard some have attracted students to their labs or had opportunities–to participate in conferences or committees, for example–that otherwise wouldn’t have come as early in their careers.

How can I nominate someone for 2017?

We’ve put a nomination form on the Talented 12 microsite. Starting August 22nd, tell us who you think should be on next year’s 2017 list.

This year C&EN has added a symposium during the ACS National Meeting. What can attendees expect? 

Expect to hear engaging, aspirational talks from most of the 12 young researchers chosen this year. They each will give a snapshot of their research, and then lay out their vision for where their field is headed. These talks will span neuroscience to advanced microscopy to food safety and beyond. You can catch them all—plus guest remarks from Northwestern’s Chad Mirkin—on Monday morning from 8-noon at the convention center.

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

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 of ACS journals from around the world to highlight the transformative power of chemistry. Access to these articles will remain open to all as a public service.

Check out this week’s picks!

Protein Sialylation Regulates a Gene Expression Signature that Promotes Breast Cancer Cell Pathogenicity
ACS Chem. Biol., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.6b00433
Mechanochemical Synthesis of Multicomponent Crystals: One Liquid for One Polymorph? A Myth to Dispel
Cryst. Growth Des., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b00682
Development of a Chemoenzymatic Process for Dehydroepiandrosterone Acetate Synthesis
Org. Process Res. Dev., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.6b00215
Soft-Mechanochemistry: Mechanochemistry Inspired by Nature
Langmuir, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01768
The First Attempt at Non-Linear in Silico Prediction of Sampling Rates for Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Samplers (POCIS)
Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01407
Investigating Unusual Homonuclear Intermolecular “Through-Space” J Couplings in Organochalcogen Systems
Inorg. Chem., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01121
Palladium-Assisted Removal of a Solubilizing Tag from a Cys Side Chain To Facilitate Peptide and Protein Synthesis
Org. Lett., 2016, 18 (12), pp 3026–3029
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b01442
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Inaugural ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards Winners Announced


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 of infectious diseases. They will be honored at the inaugural ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award Symposium held in conjunction with the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Philadelphia. The symposium will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. in Room 103B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Vern L. Schramm, Ruth Merns Chair in Biochemistry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Meet the Winners of the 2016 ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards

Dr. Audrey Odom is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Duke University and completed her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle. She joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 2008. She is a recipient of the Harold Weintraub Award, the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award, and the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Award. Dr. Odom’s NIH-funded laboratory studies metabolism of the malaria parasite en route to development of new malaria therapies and diagnostics.

Dr. Timothy Wencewicz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in the laboratory of Marvin J. Miller, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Christopher Walsh’s laboratory at the Harvard Medical School. The Wencewicz lab performs research on antibiotic drug discovery, natural product biosynthesis, and siderophore-mediated iron acquisition in pathogenic bacteria.

Dr. Marcos Pires graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2003. He went on to receive his Ph.D. from Purdue University under the guidance of Dr. Jean Chmielewski in the Chemistry Department. His Ph.D. projects focused on the use of dimeric drugs as inhibitors of drug efflux pumps with the goal of reversing drug resistance and stimuli-responsive collagen peptides as biomaterials for tissue engineering. He went on to be an NIH-postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Bill DeGrado’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania. is independent research lab at Lehigh University, established in 2011, focuses on developing methodologies that allow for the specific decoration of bacterial surfaces with epitopes that recruit endogenous antibodies.

Please come see the winners at the ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award Symposium on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. in Room 103B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the ACS Fall National Meeting in Philadelphia.

Awards Recognize the Best Journal of Natural Products Papers

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 Metabolomics Analysis and in Vitro Toxicological Assessment of 43 Aristolochia Species” as the best paper published in the Journal of Natural Products in 2015.

The 2016 Jack L. Beal Award goes to Stephanie J. Conn, Shannon M. Vreeland, Alexandra N. Wexler, Rebecca H. Pouwer, Ronald J. Quinn, and Stephen Chamberland. The award celebrates their paper, “Total Synthesis of Clavatadine A.,” as the best paper in the Journal of Natural Products by younger researchers. The winners of this award must be within 12 years of receiving their Ph.D. degree or within 10 years of gaining their first professional appointment.

Selection for this award is very competitive. Editors Daneel Ferreira, A. Douglas Kinghorn, Cedric J. Pearce, Philip J. Proteau, and Steven M. Swanson each nominated two papers for the Schwarting Award and just one for the Beal Award. John Beutler (U.S. National Cancer Institute-Frederick, Frederick, Maryland), Chair, Shmuel Carmeli (University of Tel Aviv, Israel), and Mark Hamann (Medical University of South Carolina) handled the final round of judging.

The awards, now in their 15th year, were created in partnership with the Foundation Board of the American Society of Pharmacognosy and are named for two important former editors of the Journal of Natural Products. Recipients of the awards will receive a check and a plaque from the Foundation of the American Society of Pharmacognosy in honor of their achievement.

Learn more about the research being published in the Journal of Natural Products and be sure to check out previous Arthur E. Schwarting and Jack L. Beal Award-Winning articles

Teaching Environmental Chemistry in a Service Context

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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. The book provides examples of professors integrating service learning projects into their classrooms and formulating a learning environment rich in hands-on experiences and cross-disciplinary learning. Most of the projects are tailored to engaging freshman- or sophomore-level undergraduate students that are not majoring in STEM disciplines. The examples are detailed, providing graphs, data, and pertinent methodologies for developing or implementing these types of programs at other institutions. The text provides a great resource to university chemistry professors that are interested in enriching their programs with a contextual framework that draws from social, economic, and ethical issues.

In Chapter 2, Xavier University provides a stunning example of how environmental justice can be used to engage students directly with issues that affect local and regional communities. Xavier students partnered with a local non-profit organization called the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) that provides educational and support resources to surrounding communities that have serious environmental health concerns due to pollution generated by local industrial practices. This program teaches core scientific concepts about air and water quality against the backdrop of environmental justice and pools local resources from the Louisiana Department of Water Quality for data analysis. Programs in Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 8 provide details about community partnerships engaging college students with service learning projects involving the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as partnerships with local area high schools. In Chapter 6, Daniel Lawson from the University of Michigan describes an intriguing program that accurately models zero-dimensional energy balance of the average global temperature with correlations to infrared (IR) active atmospheric gases. This simplistic model system was used to create a bridging program with Detroit high schools, connecting graduate students from the University of Michigan with high school teachers to implement the modeling program in high school computer science classrooms. In Chapter 8, educational outreach between the Milwaukee School of Engineering developed a similar program with local high schools engaging students around the societal effects of nanotechnology.

Other sections explore interdisciplinary programs within a campus community. Specifically, the University of Akron followed a modified SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) model that partnered faculty from different departments on campus to collectively teach a block of freshman core requirements to undergraduate students. To engage students in a collaborative environment, foster critical thinking in a group atmosphere, reduce student anxiety and foster relationships, cohorts of first-year students were registered into three core-level courses in English, Math, and Environmental Science and Engineering. Through this 15-week program, students were immersed in a structured learning community called GATE (Green Action Through Education) where they used water quality and testing as a focus to develop skills in science, mathematics, writing, and communication. Examples of water quality analysis assignments, mathematics activities, and writing assignments related to the project are included in a detailed appendix. Chapters 10 and 11 also use water quality as an approach to engage student interest and training, however, these programs target STEM majors enrolled in upper division coursework such as analytical or instrumental chemistry. Methodology describing detailed aspects of the course design is provided in addition to student assessment of learning gains during the course.

In Chapter 9, Steven Bachofer from the Department of Chemistry at St. Mary’s College enlisted environmental science students from the college to engage with a local community group that wanted to reclaim and repurpose lands previously used as a switching station for the railroad into a community garden. Students from the college developed EPA approved methodologies using portable XRF instrumentation to test soil samples collected from the area for contaminants such as copper, zinc, and lead. Results from the mini-study revealed that lead contamination in the area was as great as 200 ppm preventing the local families from establishing a community garden in this unsuitable location.

“Service Learning and Environmental Chemistry: Relevant Connections” offers a multitude of dynamic strategies to engage students in scientific learning that is connected to and serves the greater community. It provides a valuable reference to any STEM program for the development of service-learning projects connecting students with real-world applications of science and technology.

Patricia M. Flatt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Western Oregon University.





Celebrate and Innovate at the 252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition


The theme of the upcoming ACS National Meeting is “Chemistry of the People, by the People, for the People.” This theme will be on full display at the highly anticipated Kavli Lecture Series, promoting groundbreaking discovery and public understanding of the world’s mounting challenges and how chemistry can provide solutions. Lecture attendees will be able to hear Dr. Omar Farha of Northwestern University speak about his work on “Bioinspired Sponges: Metal-Organic Frameworks for Combating Nerve Agents and Toxic Gases.” In addition, Dr. Chad A. Mirkin, also of Northwestern University, will speak on “Establishing a Genetic Code for Unnatural Materials.”

A great first step is to check out Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), a weekly resource that chemists count on to deliver the latest chemistry news from the worlds of research, business, education, government, and beyond.  Meet C&EN’s Talented 12. Stop by the theater to hear from this year’s group of rising stars in the world of chemistry and chemical engineering.

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Best Chemistry Blogs: 5 Science Blogs Worth Bookmarking

best chemistry blogsACS Axial offers new blog posts for chemists every day. But it isn’t the only great blog for chemists out there. As a service to readers, we occasionally highlight the best chemistry blogs.

Check out our list of the best chemistry blogs. Each blog on this list is worth a bookmark:

  1. Scientific publishing is full of spirited debates, and some of the best conversations around these subjects are happening at Scholarly Kitchen. This blog was established by the Society for Scholarly Publishing but is editorially independent and features a variety of viewpoints from guest authors on all manner of topics in academic research and publishing. Recent posts explore areas as diverse as citation distribution, new tools for research discovery, the impact of Brexit on scholars, and cybersecurity. Whatever the article’s focus, it’s worth delving into the comments for more perspectives, as this blog tends to attract an unusually thoughtful audience.
  2. Compound Interest this chemistry blog uses colorful graphics to explore everything from important moments in the history of chemistry to the surprising chemistry of everyday objects. Recent posts delve into the origins of element names, the chemistry of barbecue and even the history of the Erlenmeyer flask. Whatever your field, the site is full of interesting trivia that is delightfully arranged.
  3. Reading Just Like Cooking is like chatting with the most interesting person at a party. You never know what the next topic of conversation will be. This chemistry blog is equally likely to cover research tidbits, lab equipment, the job market for chemists, or even misused superlatives in research papers. This chemistry blog may not update as often as some of the others on this list, but author See Arr Oh’s witty observations are always worth a click.
  4. At The Chronicle Flask, Dr. Kat Day takes a closer look at the chemicals people encounter in their daily lives. The posts on this chemistry blog dispel junk science with aplomb and dry wit. Recent posts look at the science of baby wipes, the surprising history of pseudoephedrine, and even a fun (if ultimately unsuccessful) campaign to get an element named in honor of author Terry Pratchett.
  5.  Being able to explain why your research matters can help your work get the attention it deserves, yet many chemists struggle in this area. One of the simplest ways to start honing your communications skills is by reading the Science Communication Media blog. Here you’ll find tips on crafting a message, dealing with online detractors, and holding your own in an interview. In addition to regular posts, there are videos, guides and even a handy supply of Carl Sagan gifs for punctuating your online posts.

Is your favorite chemistry blog missing from this list? Share your pick for the best chemistry blogs in the comments and it may be included in a future installment of this series on the best chemistry blogs everyone should bookmark.

The views expressed in this post on the best chemistry blogs are solely those of the author and do not constitute an endorsement from the American Chemical Society.

What’s your favorite chemistry blog?

ACS Editors’ Choice: Treating Persistent Bacterial Infections — and More!

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 from around the world to highlight the transformative power of chemistry. Access to these articles will remain open to all as a public service.

Check out this week’s picks!

Supramolecular Chemistry of Cucurbiturils: Tuning Cooperativity with Multiple Noncovalent Interactions from Positive to Negative
Langmuir, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01709
Radiolabeled B9958 Derivatives for Imaging Bradykinin B1 Receptor Expression with Positron Emission Tomography: Effect of the Radiolabel–Chelator Complex on Biodistribution and Tumor Uptake
Mol. Pharmaceutics, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.6b00428
It Isn’t, It Is: The C–H···X (X = O, N, F, Cl) Interaction Really Is Significant in Crystal Packing
Cryst. Growth Des., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b00736
Real-Time Nonlinear Model Predictive Control of a Transport–Reaction System
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b00592
Multiplexed Nanoplasmonic Temporal Profiling of T-Cell Response under Immunomodulatory Agent Exposure
ACS Sens., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.6b00240
High-Rate Intercalation without Nanostructuring in Metastable Nb2O5 Bronze Phases
J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b04345
Development of a Dual-Acting Antibacterial Agent (TNP-2092) for the Treatment of Persistent Bacterial Infections
J. Med. Chem., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.6b00485
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