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NREL research overcomes major technical obstacles in magnesium-metal batteries
Scientists at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered a new approach for developing a rechargeable non-aqueous magnesium-metal battery. (2018-04-03)

Why synthetic drugs are as scary as you think (video)
Synthetic drugs such as 'bath salts,' 'K2' or 'Spice' have made unsettling headlines lately, with reports of violent, erratic behavior and deaths after people have used the substances. Why are these synthesized drugs so dangerous, and why aren't there more regulations? In this week's Reactions, we answer these questions by examining the chemistry of two kinds of synthetic drugs: bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/83gIiBD365E. (2016-03-30)

Solution to long-standing chemistry riddle has implications for drug development
Scientists have solved a decades-old challenge by working out how to craft functional residues onto a molecular cube. Cubane now has a plethora of additional applications in the fields of drug development, materials science and molecular engineering. (2018-02-01)

Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas
In a new scientific article, researchers at Uppsala University describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enzyme that functions in the metabolism of living cells. These enzymes can utilize the cell's own energy, and thereby enable hydrogen gas to be produced from solar energy. (2018-10-04)

Why you can't buy fresh olives (video)
Olives grow on trees. So why have you never seen a fresh, tree-ripened olive in the produce section at the grocery store? Why are they always swimming in salty brine? Oh, and did you know that black olives are actually green? Watch as this video from Reactions breaks down the chemistry of these salty, oily stone fruits: https://youtu.be/oStoeHntfG8. (2018-04-10)

The chemistry of whiskey (video)
Derby Day means it's time to recognize the chemical process of distillation, which makes bourbon possible. Water and ethanol have different boiling points, so they can be separated by carefully heating the whiskey's mash. Each distillery carefully protects their still design, and the strongest flavors require aging. But might some innovative makers find a way to hack the process? (2017-05-02)

Better chemistry through...chemistry
Award-winning UCSB professor Bruce Lipshutz is out to make organic chemistry better for the planet (2016-09-08)

Newly-discovered anti-inflammatory substances may potentially treat variety of diseases
Researchers have discovered a new family of substances which has been found to display highly potent activity against the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and the toxicity induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS). The novel compounds synthesized and evaluated belong to a family of low molecular weight substances named indolines. In early experiments, these compounds have shown promising activity in the treatment of acute pancreatic inflammation, acute fatty liver damage, and diabetes. (2018-05-03)

Remove toxic derivatives of phenol from water? Now that's really easy!
Researchers from RUDN University (Russia) have come up with a new method to convert titanium nanoparticles into an efficient substance capable of removing toxic phenol from water, even in visible light. The results of the study are reported in the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics. (2017-11-13)

Discovery for grouping atoms invokes Pasteur
Scientists have found a new way of joining groups of atoms together into shape-changing molecules -- opening up the possibility of a new area of chemistry and the development of countless new drugs, microelectronics and materials. Discoveries of new ways to make isomers -- molecules made of the same atoms connected together differently -- were last reported in 1961 and before then in 1914. Proof-of-principle and prototype demonstration of this important finding are expected within 30 months. (2018-05-21)

Classmates could spur 'contagious' interest in STEM
College students who thought their high school classmates were interested in science classes were more likely to intend to pursue STEM careers, a new study reports. (2017-08-09)

Chemical & Engineering News column receives virtual recognition
Chemical & Engineering News column, (2002-06-20)

How animals glow (video)
Fireflies, frogs, jellyfish, mushrooms and even parrots have the ability to emit light from their bodies. These creatures use either bioluminescence or fluorescence to put on their light shows. Speaking of Chemistry explains the chemistry behind these natural light sources in this week's video: https://youtu.be/jp-jYVktx7s. (2017-08-14)

Better, stronger: Polymer breakthrough to improve things we use everyday
Medicine, mobile phones, computers and clothes could all be enhanced using the process for making paint, according to research by the University of Warwick. (2016-10-18)

Catalyst-free chemistry makes self-healing materials more practical
A new catalyst-free, self-healing material system developed by researchers at the University of Illinois offers a far less expensive and far more practical way to repair composite materials used in structural applications ranging from airplane fuselages to wind-farm propeller blades. (2007-11-27)

Do astronauts need sunscreen? (video)
Space is full of potentially dangerous radiation. Here on Earth, our atmosphere and magnetic field protect us from the worst of it. Astronauts on a deep-space mission would need other forms of protection. In collaboration with National Chemistry Week, this Reactions video is all about chemistry in space. (2018-10-25)

Highly charged molecules behave paradoxically
Chemistry researchers have now discovered how certain small biomolecules attach to one another. The researchers' study also overturns the standard picture -- particles with the same electrical charge appear to be drawn together and not vice versa. The results may be important for the development of new drugs. (2017-11-27)

Researchers identify new compounds to treat RSV, Zika virus
A new and promising class of chemical compounds has major potential for treating Zika virus and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists. The next step is to develop a drug. (2018-07-11)

Manufacturers, researchers urged to monitor polymer synthesis as it occurs
Polymer chemists will speed discovery, improve quality control, and reduce waste and byproduct production if they observe what they are doing as they do it. Researchers who use in-situ infrared spectroscopy during the synthesis of materials, rather than doing the spectroscopy afterwards, can see the new molecular structures form in real-time. (2001-04-01)

Sweet nanoparticles trick kidney
Researchers engineer tiny particles with sugar molecules to prevent side effect in cancer therapy. (2020-02-04)

New gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
Yale scientists have developed an ultra-thin coating material that has the potential to extend the life and improve the efficiency of lithium-sulfur batteries, one of the most promising areas of energy research today. (2017-03-21)

Study shows proteins may prevent dysfunction and disease by relaxing
A team of University of Chicago and Notre Dame researchers used simulations and X-rays to conclude that disordered proteins remain unfolded and expanded as they float loose in the cytoplasm of a cell. The answer affects how we envision the movement of a protein through its life -- essential for understanding how proteins fold, what goes wrong during disorders and disease and how to model their behavior. (2017-10-13)

The universe in a cup of coffee (video)
Reactions, the ACS YouTube channel that covers the chemistry of everyday life, is joining PBS Digital Studios, a network of original web series from PBS that explore science, arts, culture and more. To celebrate, the Reactions team is doing a deep dive on the surprisingly complex and beautiful chemistry behind their favorite morning beverage: coffee. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/xANGsTqxdUw. (2017-01-24)

Earth's little garbage people? (video)
If you're enjoying some tasty food today you probably owe a little thanks to earthworms. How is it that these detritivores help make beloved compost? Like when we digest food, it's all chemistry, but earthworms have an extra enzyme that means they can eat materials not found in human diets. Yet all this powerful chemistry means not everyone sees earthworms as the greatest creature to crawl -- find out all the dirt in the latest Reactions video here: https://youtu.be/2Pa1FwmKZcQ. (2017-04-19)

Principles for a green chemistry future
A team led by researchers from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies recently authored a paper featured in Science that outlines how green chemistry is essential for a sustainable future. (2020-01-24)

Fluorescent molecules reveal how cancer cells are inhibited
A team of researchers at Lund University in Sweden has developed a fluorescent variant of a molecule that inhibits cancer stem cells. Capturing images of when the molecule enters a cell has enabled the researchers, using cell-biological methods, to successfully describe how and where the molecule counteracts the cancer stem cells. (2018-06-25)

How to stay awake without caffeine
You're tired and you need an energy boost, but you don't want the jitters from caffeine. What to do? In this Reactions video, we give you some chemistry-backed tips -- one of which involves cats -- to boost your productivity and stay awake without refilling the coffee cup. (2015-08-24)

How hair dye works (video)
Whether you need a disguise to run from the law or are just trying to emulate *NSYNC-era frosted tips, you may need some chemical assistance to put the hue in your do. To understand how these 'shade-y' changes happen, you have to dive back into the history of chemistry. In this week's Reactions episode, get ready to learn everything you're 'dyeing' to know about artificial hair color: https://youtu.be/zeReQ1wlcis. (2019-03-01)

Lobachevsky University scientists synthesize a new compound with anti-tumor properties
A research team of the UNN Faculty of Chemistry led by Professor Alexei Fedorov has developed and synthesized a new multifunctional compound that possesses anti-tumor properties that are due to several independent effects. The active compound is a conjugate of a photoactive organic dye (photosensitizer), a derivative responsible for selective delivery of the medicine to tumor tissues and targeted therapy (biological vector), a linker, and special groups that increase the water solubility of the entire compound. (2018-02-02)

Cooking chemistry minus heat equals new non-toxic adhesive
A new soy-based, non-toxic adhesive could be used in organic food packaging and some speciality food items. (2019-01-31)

Stable radicals can solve unconventional problems in modern science and technology
Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University study reaction properties of verdazyl radicals, which can expand scientific knowledge into the field of organic chemistry and help to obtain new materials. The first results are related to control of the target compounds structures through chemical transformations and following obtaining various properties of the molecules by combining structural blocks. The possible application areas are quite extensive from energy accumulation and the production of the polymers to designing elements for a quantum computer (2019-10-10)

Cheaper and easier way found to make plastic semiconductors
Cheap, flexible and sustainable plastic semiconductors will soon be a reality thanks to a breakthrough by chemists at the University of Waterloo. (2018-04-25)

Scientists identify most pressing issues posed by chemicals in the environment
Chemicals released into the environment by human activity are resulting in biodiversity loss; increased natural hazards; threats to food, water and energy security; negative impacts on human health and degradation of environmental quality. Now, an international study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry involving scientists from the University of York has identified the 22 most important research questions that need to be answered to fill the most pressing knowledge gaps over the next decade. (2018-07-20)

Lab safety, 10 years later
On Dec. 29, 2008, staff scientist Sheri Sangji was working on a chemical synthesis in a lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, when one of the reagents ignited. Sangji's clothes caught fire, causing injuries that led to her death on Jan. 16, 2009, at age 23. Now, a decade later, chemists discuss ongoing efforts to improve academic lab safety in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. (2019-01-09)

Microbial manufacturing
Led by Emily Balskus, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, a team of researchers has untangled how bacteria found in soil are able to manufacture streptozotocin, showing for the first time that the compound is produced through an enzymatic pathway and revealing the novel chemistry that drives the process. (2019-02-06)

Researchers' new advance in quest for second generation biofuels
Scientists at the University of York are part of an international research team that has made a significant step forward in understanding the processes naturally occurring enzymes use to degrade microbe-resistant biomass, a key aim in the development of biofuels. (2016-03-01)

Top 10 chemistry start-ups
Starting a new chemistry-based company is one part discovery, one part risk. This compelling combination prompted Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, to highlight 10 chemistry start-ups to watch. C&EN's writers and editors chose the finalists from reader and adviser nominations based on the strength of their groundbreaking chemistry. The start-ups are profiled in this week's cover story. (2018-11-08)

How to convert climate-changing carbon dioxide into plastics and other products
Rutgers scientists have developed catalysts that can convert carbon dioxide -- the main cause of global warming -- into plastics, fabrics, resins and other products. (2018-11-20)

UA organic semiconductor research could boost electronics
A team of UA researchers in engineering and chemistry has received $590,000 from the National Science Foundation to enhance the effectiveness of organic semiconductors for making ultrathin and flexible optoelectronics like OLED displays for TVs and mobile phones. (2016-07-23)

Russian scientists prove the possibility of creating liposomal form of porphyrazine photosensitizer
A team of Nizhny Novgorod researchers led by Dr. V.A. Vodeneev, head of the Laboratory for Optical Theranostics at the Institute of Biology and Biomedicine of the Lobachevsky University (UNN), is working to develop effective ways to combat cancer. (2018-03-07)

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