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Helium shortage looms

23 Jun 2017 01:13:39 +0000

Qatar blockade cuts 30% of global supply and threatens price increases for scientific instrument users(image)

New catalytic route to polysulfates and polysulfonates

23 Jun 2017 00:59:24 +0000

Bifluoride salts could yield tough polymers efficiently at industrial scales(image)

Golden ticket to trifluoromethylations

22 Jun 2017 19:10:12 +0000

Borane catalyst and gold reagent forge C–CF3 bonds, opening another route to radiotracers(image)

U.S. chooses chemistry olympiad team

22 Jun 2017 16:03:00 +0000

Four high school students will head to the International Chemistry Olympiad in Thailand(image)

BMS will sell Ireland plant to SK Biotek

21 Jun 2017 20:33:04 +0000

Sale continues big pharma’s exit from small-molecule drug manufacturing(image)

Angewandte Chemie announces new editor-in-chief

21 Jun 2017 20:33:01 +0000

Neville Compton will step into role filled by Peter Gölitz for 35 years(image)

Dicamba drift sows trouble in Arkansas

21 Jun 2017 19:51:53 +0000

Reports of crop damage, despite new herbicide formulation, may result in ban(image)

Engineered microbes make ‘natural’ colorants

21 Jun 2017 19:29:10 +0000

Four engineered bacteria cooperate to synthesize possible replacements for artificial colorings(image)

U.S. Supreme Court gives pharma a product liability win

20 Jun 2017 21:00:00 +0000

Out-of-state residents cannot sue Bristol-Myers Squibb in California over Plavix(image)

Polymer network captures drinking water contaminant

20 Jun 2017 18:04:00 +0000

Cross-linked cyclodextrin removes 99% of the perfluorinated chemical PFOA from water in lab tests(image)

PerkinElmer pushes further into diagnostics

19 Jun 2017 22:07:40 +0000

Purchase of Euroimmun for $1.3 billion continues expansion of firm’s clinical diagnostics franchise(image)

Celanese, Blackstone to combine acetate units

19 Jun 2017 19:06:29 +0000

The new unit will be the global leader in the cigarette filter materials(image)

Wind and solar combined surpass 10% of U.S. electricity generation

19 Jun 2017 05:00:23 +0000

Contribution expected to drop during summer months(image)

U.S. National Institutes of Health backs off funding limits for researchers

19 Jun 2017 05:00:22 +0000

Agency instead creates initiative to support early- and midcareer scientists(image)

Europe may call TiO2 a carcinogen

19 Jun 2017 05:00:20 +0000

Inhalation studies in rats spark push for classification(image)

Sunlight surprise raises cadmium pollution risk

16 Jun 2017 21:30:41 +0000

Exposure to light increases solubility of cadmium red pigment in water, bucking conventional wisdom(image)

More moves with metathesis

16 Jun 2017 21:30:00 +0000

Chemists swap substituents on C–S and C–P bonds(image)

Antibacterial molecule may discourage resistance

16 Jun 2017 21:30:00 +0000

Agent blocks bacterial but not human RNA polymerase active site(image)

FDA takes aim at opioid epidemic

16 Jun 2017 21:20:00 +0000

Agency wants to pull opioid from market because it says the drug’s benefits don’t outweigh its risks(image)

Flow chemistry reaches manufacturing milestone

16 Jun 2017 21:20:00 +0000

Lilly chemists make chemotherapy drug candidate in a multistep continuous flow process using current Good Manufacturing Practices(image)

PQ takes another shot at going public

16 Jun 2017 21:15:02 +0000

Inorganic chemicals maker seeks listing on the New York Stock Exchange(image)

Green chemistry efforts honored

16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards hail streamlined syntheses, dye-free printing, and more(image)

U.S. National Academies give ARPA-E good grades

16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Program funding high-risk, early-stage energy research targeted for elimination by Trump(image)

Plastic solar cells: Now in a rainbow of colors

15 Jun 2017 23:38:00 +0000

Dye molecule tailors the hue of organic solar cells without hindering performance(image)

Ineos poised for major European expansion

15 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Planned hikes in propylene and ethylene reflect strengthening market conditions(image)

Thermo Fisher reveals first-of-its-kind clinical analyzer

15 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Launch of easy-to-use system opens clinical market to traditional LC/MS makers(image)

Fly-egg profiling method reveals a corpse’s ‘time of death’ faster

14 Jun 2017 20:48:00 +0000

Rapid technique for classifying insect eggs on corpses expedites time-of-death estimations(image)

Thermo Fisher reveals first-of-its-kind clinical analyzer

14 Jun 2017 18:10:00 +0000

Launch of easy-to-use system opens clinical market to traditional LC/MS makers(image)

U.S. Supreme Court ruling gives biosimilar drugs a boost

14 Jun 2017 16:31:00 +0000

Companies can market generic biological medicines sooner(image)

FDA takes aim at opioid epidemic

14 Jun 2017 16:16:00 +0000

Agency wants to pull opioid from market because it says the drug’s benefits don’t outweigh its risks(image)

U.S. National Academies give ARPA-E good grades

13 Jun 2017 19:30:45 +0000

Program funding high-risk, early stage energy research targeted for elimination by Trump(image)

PQ takes another shot at going public

13 Jun 2017 16:27:09 +0000

Inorganic chemicals maker seeks listing on the New York Stock Exchange(image)

What’s inside golf balls, and can chemistry make them fly farther?

12 Jun 2017 19:37:00 +0000

Polymer scientists play with new formulations to alter ball performance(image)

Thirsty MOF sucks more water from air

12 Jun 2017 14:07:00 +0000

A high-capacity, water-adsorbent metal-organic framework could help improve the performance of both water capture and adsorption cooling devices(image)

Inhibiting endocannabinoid reuptake relieves anxiety in mice

12 Jun 2017 05:00:19 +0000

First selective reuptake inhibitors suggest new drug target for regulating endocannabinoid signaling(image)

Online tool connects drug industry to U.K. academia

12 Jun 2017 05:00:09 +0000

Database promises to accelerate pharma R&D in the U.K.(image)

Blast kills 10 at Chinese chemical facility

12 Jun 2017 05:00:09 +0000

Accident occurs despite stepped-up inspections since 2015 Tianjin disaster(image)

2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards announced

09 Jun 2017 21:43:00 +0000

Annual awards recognize chemical innovations that prevent pollution and promote sustainability(image)

Revisiting what went wrong in the clinical trial tragedy in France

09 Jun 2017 03:16:00 +0000

Chemists track down off-target enzymes that may have contributed to a drug candidate’s neurotoxicity(image)

Synthetic melanins display tunable properties

08 Jun 2017 23:48:40 +0000

New method yields bioinspired polymers with UV-absorbing and charge-storing abilities(image)

Cloud-based peer review passes test

08 Jun 2017 16:52:00 +0000

A new collaborative mode of journal peer review is faster and provides more comprehensive feedback(image)

IBM researcher unveil first 5-nm chip

07 Jun 2017 18:32:00 +0000

The breakthrough could help pave the way for cognitive computing and more efficient cell phones(image)

Geraldine Richmond named 2018 Priestley Medalist

07 Jun 2017 15:37:00 +0000

University of Oregon chemist honored for studies of water interfaces and worldwide promotion of chemistry(image)

Carol Duane wins ACS Award for Volunteer Service

07 Jun 2017 15:17:12 +0000

Chemist is recognized for her commitment to developing leaders within the society(image)

Two teams solve structure of elusive diabetes drug target

06 Jun 2017 22:56:00 +0000

Independent studies reveal details of GLP-1 receptor interactions(image)

Contract manufacturer AMRI to go private

06 Jun 2017 22:10:00 +0000

Private equity firms Carlyle and GTCR partner for $1.5 billion deal(image)

Engineered bacteria detect gut inflammation in mice

05 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Bacteria maintain ability to respond to inflammation product for more than one thousand cell divisions(image)

Fumed silica links Cabot, Dow Corning

05 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Neighboring Kentucky facilities will swap raw materials(image)

Consumer product additives examined

05 Jun 2017 05:00:19 +0000

Transparency and innovation motivate initiatives at SC Johnson and Environmental Defense Fund(image)

X-rays induce electron-gobbling ‘black holes’

05 Jun 2017 05:00:18 +0000

Ultra-intense pulses ionize heavy atoms to extremes, causing them to strip electrons from other atoms in molecules(image)

J&J buys into Protagonist’s oral peptides

05 Jun 2017 05:00:16 +0000

The deal adds to the big pharma firm’s inflammatory bowel disease portfolio(image)

SCI Perkin Medal goes to Ann Weber

02 Jun 2017 14:57:46 +0000

Medicinal chemist recognized for her development of breakthrough diabetes drugs(image)

Molecular motor turns rotor

02 Jun 2017 01:32:00 +0000

Tiny machine synchronizes the motion of its two moving parts(image)

Scientific groups disappointed in Trumps move on climate

01 Jun 2017 23:08:00 +0000

U.S. president pledges to exit Paris Agreement(image)

Martian crater lake could have supported life more than 3 billion years ago

01 Jun 2017 22:15:00 +0000

Curiosity rover data unveils geochemical history of Gale Crater, including redox layering of its ancient waters(image)

PPG drops AkzoNobel bid

01 Jun 2017 21:47:20 +0000

AkzoNobel, fending off PPG, can now pursue an exit from chemicals(image)

Genetic engineering through click chemistry

01 Jun 2017 18:34:00 +0000

Method gets nucleic acids into cells by first modifying cell surfaces(image)

Vancomycin triple threat developed

01 Jun 2017 15:15:00 +0000

Modified drug uses three mechanisms of action to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections(image)

Two improved routes to 11C PET imaging agents

31 May 2017 22:27:00 +0000

Researchers devise versatile synthetic strategies for making new radiolabeled compounds for positron emission tomography(image)

Covestro pursues biobased aniline

31 May 2017 19:47:00 +0000

New production process could lead to greener polyurethanes(image)

Organic acids grow on the farm

31 May 2017 19:20:00 +0000

Livestock farmers adopt the additives as replacements for growth-promoting antibiotics(image)

Genetic engineering through click chemistry

31 May 2017 15:22:00 +0000

Modifying the cell surface offers a highly efficient method for getting nucleic acids into cells(image)

Antibody reduces fat, increases metabolism in mice

29 May 2017 05:00:10 +0000

Blocking follicle stimulating hormone could provide route for treating obesity, osteoporosis(image)

Mechanochemistry enables 17O labeling

29 May 2017 05:00:10 +0000

Grinding reagents with isotope-enriched water reduces cost and time to get compounds ready for NMR(image)

When two drugs are better than one

29 May 2017 05:00:09 +0000

Compound collection representing targets and structures of most FDA-approved drugs reveals paired treatment for resistant cancer(image)

Chemical hub pitched for Appalachia

28 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Trade association sees potential for $36 billion in investment(image)

Clariant and Huntsman to join in $20 billion deal

26 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000

The merger of equals will create the world’s second-largest specialty chemical firm(image)

‘Venus flytrap’ soft robot gets a grip

26 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Autonomous light-powered device inspired by the carnivorous plant grabs reflective objects(image)

U.S. Congress probes underlying costs of research

25 May 2017 17:10:00 +0000

Rising fees for building upkeep, administration eat into federal grant funding(image)

Investor puts out own version of the DowDuPont split

24 May 2017 23:30:00 +0000

Activist Daniel Loeb argues Dow’s specialty chemicals are better suited for the specialty products spin-off(image)

Watching organelles bump into each other

24 May 2017 20:51:00 +0000

Movies show how six types of the membrane-bound compartments interact simultaneously in live cells(image)

Dating site opens for hazard-free chemicals

24 May 2017 20:10:00 +0000

Environmental group Chemsec seeks to hook up potential sellers and buyers(image)

Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would gut science agencies

24 May 2017 18:37:00 +0000

Average cuts of 16% would hit agencies that fund chemistry research and regulations(image)

Artificial melanin gets into the skin

24 May 2017 14:18:58 +0000

Polydopamine nanoparticles could protect skin cells from DNA damage caused by ultraviolet radiation(image)

A new view of the spliceosome

24 May 2017 11:19:00 +0000

Structural biologists capture important state of cellular machine responsible for making humans more complex than worms(image)

A new view of the spliceosome

24 May 2017 11:19:00 +0000

Biólogos estructurales capturan un estado importante de la maquinaria celular responsable de que los humanos seamos más complejos que los gusanos.(image)

‘Venus flytrap’ soft robot gets a grip

23 May 2017 21:18:00 +0000

Autonomous light-powered device inspired by the carnivorous plant grabs onto reflective objects(image)

Dow’s Liveris prominent on Trump’s Saudi trip

23 May 2017 21:15:00 +0000

Visit to Saudi Arabia includes promises of acrylics and silicones in the country(image)

Chemistry in Pictures K–12 Photo Contest

22 May 2017 21:25:00 +0000

Congratulations to the winners of our teachers’ photo contest, and thank you to everyone who entered! To see all the entries, go to

Clariant and Huntsman to join in $20 billion deal

22 May 2017 18:02:00 +0000

The merger of equals will create the world’s second-largest specialty chemical firm(image)

Weakness in perovskite crystals uncovered

22 May 2017 05:00:18 +0000

Iodide salt coatings protect the promising solar-cell materials from attack by oxygen and light(image)

Lower growth in CO2 emissions expected in China and India

22 May 2017 05:00:17 +0000

Analysis cites drop in use of coal(image)

Puerto Rican chemists hit hard by debt crisis

22 May 2017 05:00:17 +0000

Student strikes follow proposed cuts to university funding(image)

AkzoNobel chemicals CEO eyes solo future

22 May 2017 05:00:16 +0000

Broad chemicals portfolio set to deliver steady growth(image)

China agrees to review U.S. biotechnology applications

19 May 2017 00:45:00 +0000

National Biosafety Committee will assess eight products made by major U.S. agrochemical companies by the end of May(image)

Mood is bright at new drug ingredients show

19 May 2017 00:19:09 +0000

Attendance was strong and spirits were buoyant at CPhI North America(image)

New role in cells suggested for ATP

18 May 2017 22:51:00 +0000

Known as an energy carrier, molecule can also solubilize proteins(image)

Thermo Fisher to acquire Patheon

18 May 2017 00:25:00 +0000

$7.2 billion purchase of contract drug maker opens a new business front for the instrument firm(image)

Test may underestimate lead levels in children’s blood

17 May 2017 22:34:35 +0000

U.S. agencies issue warning about Magellan Diagnostics’ results(image)

Catalysis expert explains how gold might slash China’s mercury pollution

17 May 2017 20:05:00 +0000

Cardiff University’s Graham Hutchings helped develop a gold catalyst that can substitute for a mercury-based one in plastics manufacturing(image)

Japan reaps benefits of closures

17 May 2017 18:35:00 +0000

Major chemical firms increase profits, partly because of earlier restructuring(image)

Electroplated batteries store more energy

17 May 2017 15:52:00 +0000

A new process for making pure battery electrodes improves performance(image)

Route to cancer stem cell death ironed out

17 May 2017 15:46:00 +0000

Researchers find compound with rare activity against cancer stem cells works by sequestering iron(image)

Stretchy material creates dynamic holograms

17 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Metamaterial hologram displays a series of images as it’s stretched(image)

Thermo Fisher to buy drug ingredients maker Patheon

15 May 2017 18:32:35 +0000

$7.2 billion acquisition opens a new business front for the dominant scientific instruments and supplies firm(image)

Human proteome mapped across the cell

15 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000

By following more than 12,000 proteins to 30 subcellular compartments, researchers provide a new tool for tracking protein location(image)

Ancient protein protects bacteria from modern viral pathogens

15 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Genetic engineering strategy could one day defend crops(image)

Improving remote detection of radioactivity

15 May 2017 05:00:28 +0000

​Technique using pulsed electromagnetic waves might one day sense radioactive material 100 km away [...]

Patient dies in Kite drug trial

15 May 2017 05:00:27 +0000

Incident is another setback for CAR-T cancer immunotherapies [...]