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Digging deeper into liquid crystals

September 27, 2019

Charles Rosenblatt’s quest to understand more fully the properties and possibilities of soft condensed materials such as liquid…
Chemists clarify a chiral conundrum

September 27, 2019

It’s always good when your intuition turns out to be right, but scientists at Rice University studying proteins…
How Molecular Soccer Balls Burst in an X-ray Laser Beam

September 26, 2019

An international research team has observed in real time how soccer ball-shaped molecules made of carbon atoms burst…
SFU scientists develop new—and safer—flame test demonstration

September 24, 2019

Remember chem lab? The popular ‘flame’ demonstration that educators use to show a variety of chemical phenomena has…
PNNL Solves Decade-Old Mystery in Chemical Transformations

September 24, 2019

Findings could help researchers develop more energy-efficient industrial processes. Researchers at PNNL have solved a mystery for a chemical…
Blink and you’ll miss it

September 16, 2019

Many natural and synthetic chemical systems react and change their properties in the presence of certain kinds of…
Clearing up the “dark side” of artificial leaves

August 1, 2019

While artificial leaves hold promise as a way to take carbon dioxide — a potent greenhouse gas —…
Ultra-thin Layers of Rust Generate Electricity from Flowing Water

July 31, 2019

There are many ways to generate electricity—batteries, solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric dams, to name a few…
Metal Oxide-infused Membranes Could Offer Low-Energy Alternative For Chemical Separations

July 22, 2019

Chemical manufacturers consume a massive amount of energy each year separating and refining feedstocks to make a wide…
Algorithms improve the odds of synthetic chemistry success

July 22, 2019

Chemistry is more than just mixing compound A with compound B to make compound C. There are catalysts…
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Performing Chemistry in Floating Droplets

July 18, 2019

Could chemists be ready to ditch the venerable test tube, the very symbol of chemistry in the minds…
What happens when you explode a chemical bond?

July 12, 2019

On bright summer days, the sunlight all around us is breaking bad by breaking bonds. Chemical bonds. Ultraviolet…
When kinetics and thermodynamics should play together

July 4, 2019

The formation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in water has ramifications for everything from food and energy production to…
Energy researchers break the catalytic speed limit

May 30, 2019

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered new technology…
Scientists prove gold purifying process used in medieval West Africa works

May 14, 2019

Humble fragments of clay crucibles and coin molds flecked with gold excavated by a joint team of British…
Chemists take a closer look at the spot where water meets air

May 14, 2019

Water, despite its central place in so many processes vital to life on Earth, remains a chemical mystery…
Fuel cell advance a breath of fresh air for future power alternative

April 12, 2019

A promising alternative to conventional power plants, solid oxide fuel cells use electrochemical methods that can generate power…
Scientists pioneer new low-temperature chemical conversion process

April 3, 2019

Researchers team up to improve chemicals used in a wide range of industrial processes. Chemists spend a great…
Pushing the boundaries of fundamental chemistry

January 22, 2019

Chemistry is a fundamental part of any daily routine, from the oxygen molecules that make life possible to…
Bio-map charts production routes for industrial chemicals

January 18, 2019

Researchers now present a very detailed map on metabolic engineering routes for the production of a wide range…
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Going quantum to unlock plants’ secrets

January 18, 2019

Gregory Scholes, Princeton’s William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry, suspects that the key to plants’ efficiency stems from their…
Study shows single atoms can make more efficient catalysts

January 11, 2019

Catalysts are chemical matchmakers: They bring other chemicals close together, increasing the chance that they’ll react with each…
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Yale chemists find a new tool for understanding enzymes — Google

December 12, 2018

Yale scientists have taken a novel approach to unraveling the complex structure and regulation of enzymes: They Googled…
Don’t underestimate the Force

November 6, 2018

Researchers have identified the weak molecular forces that hold together a tiny, self-assembling box with powerful possibilities. The…
Stanford researchers make movies of photochemistry in single nanoparticles

October 12, 2018

When Michal Vadai’s experiment worked for the first time, she jumped out of her seat. Vadai, a postdoctoral…
To change a catalyst’s electrochemical properties, just ‘shuffle’

October 3, 2018

A standard deck of playing cards will feature the same individual cards, no matter how much you shuffle…
Simulations enable ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ stereochemistry

September 26, 2018

Stereochemistry is a science of reflection. Two chemical molecules with the same composition and structure, but with one…
Harnessing single electrons to accelerate chemical reactions

September 14, 2018

A Florida State University chemistry professor has described an unusual phenomenon in which the energy of an electron…
Designer enzyme conquers sulfite reduction, a bottleneck in environmental cleanup

September 14, 2018

Researchers have cleared one hurdle toward environmental cleanup of certain contaminants with a newly designed synthetic enzyme that…
Researchers discover chemical reaction that uses a surprising molecule

July 27, 2018

Finding may lead to new ways to convert petroleum waste into useful compounds. For more than a decade…
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