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Catalyst treatment could boost exhaust cleanup

15 Dec 2017 00:59:17 +0000

Steam treating enhances platinum’s durability and knack for scrubbing CO from engine emissions(image)



Another twist in marine toxin’s structural saga

14 Dec 2017 20:32:15 +0000

Researchers synthesize azaspiracid and uncover structural misassignment(image)



Metal-organic framework compound sets methane storage record

14 Dec 2017 20:26:00 +0000

Sol-gel synthesis boosts the capacity of a common porous material(image)



Marc Hillmyer named editor-in-chief of Macromolecules

14 Dec 2017 17:28:36 +0000

University of Minnesota professor plans to strengthen the journal’s global reach(image)



Nominee to lead EPA chemicals program withdraws

14 Dec 2017 16:32:08 +0000

Toxicologist with close ties to chemical industry fails to garner enough Senate support(image)






U.S. Chemical Safety Board sued for not creating emissions reporting rule

13 Dec 2017 18:37:00 +0000

Regulation proposed in 2009 but dropped because of cost, industry opposition(image)



A mother’s immune system could influence sons’ sexual orientation

13 Dec 2017 16:16:00 +0000

Antibodies produced from carrying multiple male fetuses could help explain why having older brothers increases a man’s likelihood of being gay(image)



CRISPR gene editing is coming to the clinic

12 Dec 2017 22:02:30 +0000

Hematology meeting offers glimpse of clinical trials that will use CRISPR to treat sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia beginning in 2018(image)



EU’s chlorine makers end mercury-based production

12 Dec 2017 21:46:00 +0000

Europe’s Dec. 11 ban brings 21 mercury cell production plants to a halt(image)



Chemists forge green path to alkylated amines

11 Dec 2017 20:27:25 +0000

Process uses microbe-derived amino acids to produce the industrially important building blocks(image)



Brazil asbestos ban impacts U.S. imports

11 Dec 2017 19:16:04 +0000

Russia is now the sole source of carcinogenic mineral for the U.S.(image)



Metal-organic framework compound sets methane storage record

11 Dec 2017 16:57:56 +0000

Sol-gel synthesis boosts the capacity of a common porous material(image)



Detergent-based artificial tongue identifies bottled water brands

11 Dec 2017 16:52:08 +0000

An assembly containing a single type of fluorescent sensor can detect 13 different metal ions(image)



EPA works with industry to streamline chemical reviews

08 Dec 2017 17:54:40 +0000

Agency modifies approach to evaluate safety of new chemicals, initially leaving out some stakeholders(image)



Another twist in marine toxin’s structural saga

07 Dec 2017 21:33:08 +0000

Researchers synthesize azaspiracid and uncover structural misassignment(image)



FTC seeks to block Tronox’s purchase of Cristal

07 Dec 2017 19:35:27 +0000

Regulator says the combined firm will wield too much power in the titanium dioxide market(image)



New target for anti-inflammatory drugs found

07 Dec 2017 19:30:00 +0000

Small molecule inhibits toll-like receptor through novel mechanism(image)



World’s environment officials set goal for contamination-free planet

07 Dec 2017 17:06:27 +0000

Improved use of commercial chemicals, cuts in ocean plastic pollution needed, assembly says(image)



PMC prevails in bid for Isochem

06 Dec 2017 21:08:54 +0000

Deal is a generalist’s second pharma foray in recent weeks(image)



Stuart Rowan to take helm of ACS Macro Letter

06 Dec 2017 20:14:01 +0000

University of Chicago chemist says he plans to grow the polymer science journal(image)



DNA origami hits the big time

06 Dec 2017 18:29:44 +0000

New set of techniques enables the mass-production of micrometer-sized DNA structures(image)



High-performance, flexible electronics printed on paper

06 Dec 2017 18:11:26 +0000

Paper-based graphene and molybdenum disulfide transistors could send data from medical or environmental sensors to the cloud(image)



A greener way to get lithium?

06 Dec 2017 15:36:19 +0000

Sorbent could extract the battery material from geothermal power plant brine(image)



Obsidian launches with $49.5 million to fine tune cellular and gene therapies

06 Dec 2017 11:15:16 +0000

Tunable technology was born in the labs of Stanford professor Thomas Wandless(image)



Nobel Prize winner introduces skin care line

05 Dec 2017 21:22:47 +0000

Molecular machine builder Fraser Stoddart is behind new firm that will sell high-priced anti-aging cosmetics(image)



To prevent fertilizer from escaping cranberry bogs, just add salt

05 Dec 2017 21:10:04 +0000

Aluminum sulfate traps phosphorus in sediment so it doesn’t drain into lakes and ponds(image)



Molecular motors made into muscles

05 Dec 2017 20:18:00 +0000

Strings formed from supramolecular assembly flex when illuminated(image)



Luminescent nanoparticles leave a glowing fingerprint

04 Dec 2017 18:09:00 +0000

New material could improve the resolution of fingerprint patterns detected at crime scenes(image)



Modified sponge mops up oil but not water

04 Dec 2017 06:01:07 +0000

Watch a video of the oil-mopping sponge in action at cenm.ag/oilwatersponge(image)



AstraZeneca to spin off Shanghai R&D

04 Dec 2017 06:01:00 +0000

Move follows reduction in China research footprint by other big drug firms(image)



U.S. FDA wants more generic drug-device combos

04 Dec 2017 06:00:49 +0000

Agency will outline ways for generic drug developers to gain approval for copycat inhalers and autoinjectors, commissioner says(image)



Aramco and SABIC advance oil-to-chemicals

04 Dec 2017 06:00:00 +0000

The large plant will deepen Aramco’s involvement with the chemical industry(image)



Azides safely used to synthesize diamines

01 Dec 2017 06:01:00 +0000

Industry-academic team develops a mild, scaled-up method for handling hazardous reagents to produce key chemical intermediates(image)



Chemists engineer bacteria to use unnatural DNA bases to make unnatural proteins

30 Nov 2017 23:51:00 +0000

Living microorganisms transcribe and translate DNA with six bases instead of the usual four(image)



Graduate students protest U.S. tax plan

30 Nov 2017 22:51:15 +0000

Proposal to make tuition taxable could make students pay thousands more each year(image)



Hormones could help explain lower rates of asthma in men

30 Nov 2017 22:46:29 +0000

Testosterone keeps inflammation-inducing lung cells in check, study shows(image)



Chemists synthesize longest polycatenane to date

30 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0000

String of 26 mechanically interlocked rings breaks record(image)



Merck and Qiagen to expand in U.K.

29 Nov 2017 19:25:07 +0000

Investments come as British government seeks more life science investment(image)



Toray admits subsidiary faked data

29 Nov 2017 16:38:14 +0000

Giant materials supplier is the latest caught falsifying quality controls(image)



Glyphosate renewed for five years in the EU

28 Nov 2017 19:25:36 +0000

Surprise decision by Germany swings vote in favor of reapproval of controversial herbicide(image)



Azides safely used to synthesize diamines

27 Nov 2017 22:22:00 +0000

Industry-academic team develops a mild, scaled-up method for handling hazardous reagents to produce key chemical intermediates(image)



Modified sponge mops up oil but not water

27 Nov 2017 19:12:36 +0000

Researchers created a coated polymer sponge to clean up oil spills and other water pollution(image)



Metal-binding polymer continues to surprise

27 Nov 2017 06:00:54 +0000

New details on the chemistry of poly(amidoxime) sorbents could help optimize the extraction of valuable metals from seawater(image)



Research misconduct is common among Middle East scientists, survey says

27 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Almost 75% report knowing about misconduct by their colleagues(image)



Deerfield and Hopkins in research venture

27 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Deal is second academic partnership for investment firm(image)



North Carolina to yank Chemours’s water pollution permit for fluorochemical production

22 Nov 2017 20:32:00 +0000

Move follows unreported spill of GenX into Cape Fear River, state says(image)



Brexit reality hits U.K. chemical companies

22 Nov 2017 19:34:36 +0000

Chemical makers and drug firms warn of damage as departure from Europe draws closer(image)



Pressure pumps up protein reaction yields

21 Nov 2017 21:31:28 +0000

A common reaction for adding polyethylene glycol to proteins becomes way more efficient under high pressure(image)



Catalyst activates tertiary C–H bonds

21 Nov 2017 21:10:25 +0000

Dirhodium agent functionalizes specific bonds without need for nearby directing groups(image)



Patent office boosts fees for filings and challenges

21 Nov 2017 18:32:26 +0000

Those contesting the validity of an existing patent will see biggest increase(image)



Beetles get by with a little help from their friends

21 Nov 2017 18:14:11 +0000

Symbiotic bacteria with stripped-down genomes break up plant cell walls for their hosts(image)



Amyris will sell farnesene plant to DSM

21 Nov 2017 16:01:00 +0000

Cash infusion will accelerate biobased chemical firm’s plans for new specialties facility(image)



New possible target for rapid antidepressants found

20 Nov 2017 20:22:14 +0000

Navitor molecule boosts mTORC1 activity, reduces depression symptoms in rats(image)



Haldor Topsoe, Braskem investigate biobased ethylene glycol

20 Nov 2017 06:01:00 +0000

The firms will test out a catalytic process to turn sugar into the polyester raw material(image)



High-salt diet throws microbiome out of whack

20 Nov 2017 06:00:55 +0000

Study in mice suggests rebalancing gut microbes might one day treat conditions linked to sodium intake(image)



Proteomics goes native

20 Nov 2017 06:00:54 +0000

Method allows native mass spectrometry to evaluate multitudes of proteins in their intact, biological forms(image)



Corporations pledge aid to start-ups

17 Nov 2017 21:06:12 +0000

Chemical R&D leaders say they intend to beef up technology and marketing help for startups(image)



Supercharged bleach powers greener oxidations

17 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0000

Concentrated bleach crystals streamline industrial oxidations(image)



The chemical industry must plan better for severe weather, U.S. Chemical Safety Board says

17 Nov 2017 16:55:21 +0000

Agency aims to provide lessons from Arkema flooding after Tropical Storm Harvey(image)



Titanium nitride probe records more neurons than ever before

17 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Neuropixels device can simultaneously record signals from hundreds of nerve cells(image)



Chemists conquer oxidative dearomatization with trio of enzymes

17 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Team leveraged each enzyme’s reactivity to expand the reaction’s scope(image)



Could a pill one day reverse some of the damage lead inflicts on the brain?

17 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Small molecule repairs some synapse function in lead-exposed rats, study shows(image)



Torque launches with $25 million in funding to arm immune cells

16 Nov 2017 13:33:36 +0000

Flagship Pioneering-backed firm aims to put its first treatment in the clinic by mid-2018(image)



U.S. Senate bill would preserve tax-free tuition waivers for graduate students

14 Nov 2017 22:57:00 +0000

But universities oppose endowment tax and other provisions in reform plan(image)



Bayer, Loxo to jointly develop TRK inhibitors

14 Nov 2017 21:52:22 +0000

Cancer drug pact could be worth up to $1.5 billion(image)



Chemical firms plunge into 3-D printing

14 Nov 2017 20:23:42 +0000

An increasing number of companies are dedicating efforts to the emerging polymer technology(image)



Torque launches with $25 million in funding to arm immune cells

14 Nov 2017 12:10:07 +0000

Flagship Pioneering-backed firm aims to put its first treatment in the clinic by mid-2018(image)



Shana Sturla takes helm of Chemical Research in Toxicology

13 Nov 2017 17:10:35 +0000

New editor-in-chief to start early next year(image)



Novartis taps Homology Medicines for viral-based gene editing

13 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +0000

The duo aims to edit genetic blood and eye diseases using adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) rather than CRISPR(image)



BASF readies a medical food product

13 Nov 2017 06:00:48 +0000

Foray follows similar moves by chemical firms in health and nutrition(image)



Engineered myosin motor uses RNA arm to march on protein fibers

10 Nov 2017 03:31:03 +0000

Researchers can control the direction of the motor’s movement with strands of DNA(image)



Japan’s chemical makers enjoy strong first half

10 Nov 2017 03:28:53 +0000

Cutbacks in China help fuel domestic production of basic chemicals(image)



A light approach to installing heavy hydrogens

09 Nov 2017 19:32:51 +0000

Photoredox catalysis shines in a reaction that swaps out hydrogen for deuterium or tritium(image)



DuPont seeks to sell its cellulosic ethanol plant

09 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0000

The firm’s change of heart about the business is the latest setback for the biofuel(image)



Women are more likely than men to consider the effects of gender and sex in medical research

08 Nov 2017 22:02:03 +0000

Analysis of 1.5 million research papers demonstrates the benefits of increasing diversity in science, authors say(image)



Ice forms from disordered seeds, modeling study shows

08 Nov 2017 19:26:25 +0000

Findings contradict classical view that ice nuclei have ordered hexagonal structure(image)



Momentive launches initial public offering

08 Nov 2017 16:56:50 +0000

Silicones maker sees a business turnaround ahead(image)



25 Chemists you should follow on Twitter

07 Nov 2017 19:54:36 +0000

A panelist-selected primer for newcomers to the social network(image)



U.S. tax legislation would help chemical industry, kill breaks for students and private universities

07 Nov 2017 19:45:01 +0000

Rates for companies would get slashed, college endowments taxed(image)



ACS prevails over Sci-Hub in copyright suit

07 Nov 2017 19:44:00 +0000

Internet pirate site is ordered to stop distributing the society’s content—but will likely continue its ways(image)



DuPont seeks to sell cellulosic ethanol plant

07 Nov 2017 15:34:41 +0000

Firm’s change of heart about business is latest setback for the biofuel(image)



DowDuPont leads a strong third quarter

06 Nov 2017 06:01:07 +0000

Robust demand helped U.S. industry shrug off hurricane impacts(image)



Nanotextured glass becomes 'invisible'

06 Nov 2017 06:01:00 +0000

Etching nanoscale patterns into glass gives it antireflective properties(image)



Baking soda washes pesticides from apples

03 Nov 2017 13:51:24 +0000

Alkaline solution wipes out residues on the fruits’ surface but leaves some behind in their peels, study shows(image)



Bonnie Charpentier is 2018 ACS president-elect

03 Nov 2017 05:01:00 +0000

4 other board director positions also filled(image)



EU focuses its research funding

03 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Commission unveils priorities for 2018 through 2020(image)



Clariant and Huntsman nix $20 billion deal

02 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Activist shareholder keeps up pressure after scuttling the transaction(image)



Tetrapetalones yield to total synthesis at last

01 Nov 2017 23:04:00 +0000

After researchers try for more than a decade, one team succeeds in creating the complex natural products(image)



Chemours to move R&D jobs to Newark, Del.

01 Nov 2017 22:59:02 +0000

Loss at DuPont’s Wilmington Experimental Station will be a gain for University of Delaware research campus(image)



Mussels’ iron grip inspires strong and stretchy polymer

01 Nov 2017 16:45:00 +0000

Iron-catechol cross-links used by the seafood favorite to cling to rocks help chemists create innovative material(image)



Grant recipients barred as U.S. EPA advisers

01 Nov 2017 16:18:00 +0000

Agency chief makes room for more industry scientists(image)



Kymera launches with $30 million to tackle targeted protein degradation

01 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Backed by Atlas Venture, the firm hopes to put its first compound in the clinic by 2020(image)



How to make 2-D materials with liquid metals

31 Oct 2017 19:56:00 +0000

New technique could help create a variety of atomically thin metal oxides(image)



Giving needle-free flu vaccines a shot

31 Oct 2017 19:51:00 +0000

Despite a setback in developing injection-free delivery methods, some strategies are showing promise(image)



Baking soda washes pesticides from apples

31 Oct 2017 05:01:00 +0000

Alkaline solution wipes out residues on the fruits’ surface but leaves some behind in their peels, study shows(image)



Bonnie Charpentier is 2018 ACS President-Elect

30 Oct 2017 22:25:55 +0000

Four other board director positions also filled(image)



EU focuses its research funding

30 Oct 2017 16:21:44 +0000

Commission unveils priorities for 2018 through 2020(image)



Kymera launches with $30 million to tackle targeted protein degradation

30 Oct 2017 11:05:00 +0000

Backed by Atlas Venture, the firm hopes to put its first compound in the clinic in 2020 [...]



Hybrid method sequences carbohydrates

30 Oct 2017 05:00:58 +0000

Combination of mass spec and IR spectroscopy identifies stereochemistry of bond between sugars [...]