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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(image)



Patient dies in Kite drug trial

15 May 2017 05:00:27 +0000

Incident is another setback for CAR-T cancer immunotherapies(image)



Very low lead exposure may endanger eagles

12 May 2017 20:20:00 +0000

Golden eagles’ flight height and movement are reduced at lead levels considered background exposure(image)



ACS announces its fall election ballot

12 May 2017 15:41:40 +0000

Society names candidates for president-elect and directors(image)



Paper on microplastics in fish is retracted

12 May 2017 01:26:35 +0000

Ethics board says case is one of “scientific dishonesty,” but authors disagree(image)



Natural product analysis offers insight on compound discovery trends

12 May 2017 00:35:00 +0000

Researchers take comprehensive look at microbial and marine-based natural products discovered between 1941 and 2015(image)



Dow unveils $4 billion in new projects

11 May 2017 19:58:52 +0000

Outlays are clustered around the Gulf Coast, but the company also has money for Europe and Michigan.(image)



Molecular prosthetic moves iron into, out of, and within cells

11 May 2017 18:07:00 +0000

Small molecule stands in for missing iron transporters associated with anemia(image)



PPG says AkzoNobel didn’t give its third bid a fair hearing

11 May 2017 17:59:00 +0000

Paint maker is joined by AkzoNobel’s own shareholders, who want the firm to negotiate(image)



Chemistry postdoc sues Harvard

11 May 2017 17:56:00 +0000

Former researcher says he wants his share of $20 million that Merck paid for compounds treating leukemia(image)



A breath test for dolphin health

11 May 2017 11:58:00 +0000

Method finds signs of illness in dolphins exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill(image)



U.S. visa change could impact chemists

10 May 2017 22:46:02 +0000

State Department would collect more personal information for some applicants(image)



New rules for Gram-negative antibiotics

10 May 2017 21:12:00 +0000

Properties that allow compounds to get into and stay in Gram-negative bacteria could guide antibiotic discovery(image)



Stretchy holograms made from a metamaterial

10 May 2017 20:20:24 +0000

Rubbery holograms display a series of different images as they are stretched(image)



DSM invests $25 million in Amyris

10 May 2017 18:15:00 +0000

Funds will be used to develop new routes to vitamins, pay down debt(image)



DSM invests $25 million in Amyris

10 May 2017 17:53:00 +0000

Funds will be used to develop new routes to vitamins, pay down debt(image)



ACS names 2017 Heroes of Chemistry

10 May 2017 13:15:00 +0000

Awardees have made advancements in human health, technology, the food supply, and the environment(image)



How to break down cultural and language barriers in the lab

09 May 2017 21:23:00 +0000

Celebrating cultural traditions together can be one way to bridge the divide(image)



Trump EPA dismisses half of scientific advisory group

09 May 2017 20:33:00 +0000

Unexpected move surprises members who review agency research programs(image)



Making antibodies minus the cells

09 May 2017 17:52:45 +0000

Researchers developed a cell-free system that could speed up monoclonal antibody synthesis and production(image)



Avantor to buy lab supply firm VWR

09 May 2017 17:50:00 +0000

$6.4 billion acquisition continues consolidation trend in lab supply business(image)



Researcher sues Harvard for drug royalties

09 May 2017 13:13:00 +0000

Chemistry postdoc says he wants his share of $20 million that Merck paid for compounds treating leukemia(image)



Rejecting PPG thrice, Akzo continues to chart its own course

08 May 2017 18:46:44 +0000

Dutch firm says its plan to spin off chemicals is still the best deal for its shareholders(image)



Nickel catalyst "chain walks" to produce fatty acids

08 May 2017 17:29:32 +0000

Catalytic reaction adds carbon dioxide to selected C–H bonds in alkane and alkene derivatives(image)



Nickel catalyst "chain walks" to produce fatty acids

08 May 2017 17:29:00 +0000

La reacción catalítica añade dióxido de carbono a determinados enlaces C–H en alcanos y alquenos.(image)



Boosting NMR sensitivity

08 May 2017 08:30:00 +0000

Technique that decouples electron spins from nuclear spins improves spectra(image)



New paradigm for ammonia pursued

08 May 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Japanese partnership to commercialize low-pressure approach to making basic chemical(image)



Indian chemists’ paper publishing, citation frequency said to lag

08 May 2017 05:00:06 +0000

Output is far behind China’s, analysis finds(image)



Dolphin breath holds chemical clues to disease

05 May 2017 19:44:00 +0000

Breath tests on dolphins exposed to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill give insights into marine mammal health(image)



Avantor to buy lab supply firm VWR

05 May 2017 19:12:42 +0000

$6.4 billion acquisition continues consolidation trend in lab supply business(image)



Improved routes to thapsigargin

05 May 2017 10:49:31 +0000

Two new syntheses could lead to scale-up of anticancer agent(image)



Calysta raises money for fish food

05 May 2017 00:36:33 +0000

Funds, new facility will help firm make feed from natural gas(image)



Making chiral zeolites in bulk

05 May 2017 00:19:00 +0000

Enantio-enriched molecular sieves separate chiral molecules and mediate chiral reactions(image)



NIH will limit scientists' grants

04 May 2017 16:40:00 +0000

New policy seeks to help early- and mid-career researchers(image)



Dow and Bayer sued for polluting university campus

04 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000

West Virginia State University charges the two chemical firms poisoned groundwater with likely carcinogens(image)



Nickel catalyst "chain walks" to produce fatty acids

03 May 2017 22:23:00 +0000

Catalytic reaction adds CO2 to selected C–H bonds in alkane and alkene derivatives(image)



ExxonMobil lacked adequate process safety at refinery

03 May 2017 21:13:00 +0000

U.S. Chemical Safety Board says gaps in risk management led to blast(image)



Science buoyed in 2017 U.S. spending proposal

03 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Facing possible cuts, research agencies instead see growth(image)



Greenpeace warns about Chinese projects

03 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Environmental group forecasts that coal-to-chemicals plants will account for a significant portion of CO2 emissions by 2020(image)



Chemists among new NAS members for 2017

02 May 2017 21:11:00 +0000

National Academy of Sciences adds 21 chemical professionals to its membership ranks(image)



Dow and Bayer sued for polluting university campus

01 May 2017 22:11:51 +0000

West Virginia State University charges the two chemical firms poisoned groundwater with likely carcinogens(image)



Fresenius pushes further into generics

01 May 2017 05:00:22 +0000

German firm to acquire U.S. generics maker Akorn and Merck KGaA’s biosimilars business(image)



Whipping phosphorus into chiral shape

01 May 2017 01:30:00 +0000

Catalyst synthesizes phosphates and phosphoramidates with high stereoselectivity and yield(image)



Whipping phosphorus into chiral shape

01 May 2017 01:30:00 +0000

Un catalizador sintetiza fosfatos y fosforamidatos con una gran estereoselectividad y rendimiento(image)



Zinc sponge protects rechargeable battery

01 May 2017 01:27:00 +0000

Unconventional form of zinc electrode leads to low-cost, long-lasting, safe battery(image)



Making bone transparent

01 May 2017 01:20:00 +0000

Researchers adapt tissue-clarifying technique to clear minerals from bone too(image)



Chemical industry off to a strong 2017

28 Apr 2017 01:18:00 +0000

Dow, DuPont, BASF and others surpass expectations thanks to strong sales, pricing(image)



Finding a role for polyglutamine in neurodegenerative diseases

28 Apr 2017 01:09:00 +0000

Repeating amino acid sequence seen in disease-related proteins may regulate cellular garbage disposals(image)



Personnel changes bring U.S. chemical industry group closer to EPA, Congress

28 Apr 2017 01:07:07 +0000

Former senator joins firm lobbying for American Chemistry Council, association officials move into agency(image)



Getting a bigger picture with superresolution microscopy

28 Apr 2017 01:04:50 +0000

Chip-based illumination enables simple microscopy set-up and wide field of view(image)



Improved route to PAHA polyesters

26 Apr 2017 20:37:43 +0000

Approach greatly improves customizability and efficiency of poly(α-hydroxy acid) synthesis(image)



U.S. sanctions chemists for gas attack on civilians in Syria

26 Apr 2017 18:52:00 +0000

American companies barred from doing business with them and their U.S. assets frozen(image)



Spray-on process creates bright, efficient LEDs

25 Apr 2017 18:09:00 +0000

New method to make quantum-dot light-emitting diodes offers a low-cost route to bright, flexible displays(image)



Forge Therapeutics scores $15 million in venture funding

25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000

The proceeds will help the biotech firm push its antibiotics program toward human studies(image)



Forge Therapeutics scores $15 million in venture funding

25 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000

The proceeds will help the biotech firm push its antibiotics program toward human studies(image)



Sponsored content: New binders lead to better batteries for electric vehicles

24 Apr 2017 22:48:49 +0000

Achieving improvements in capacity and thermal stability(image)



PPG makes third and “last” offer to buy AkzoNobel

24 Apr 2017 22:43:00 +0000

Paint firm’s $28.8 billion offer comes with conditions to smooth the way(image)



PPG makes third and ‘last’ offer to buy AkzoNobel

24 Apr 2017 19:01:00 +0000

Paint firm’s $28.8 billion offer comes with conditions to smooth the way(image)



Extending the reach of covalent drugs

24 Apr 2017 05:01:28 +0000

Inhibitors that bond covalently with oxidized protein residues could represent a new class of drugs(image)



Quantum dots are superefficient at generating hydrogen

24 Apr 2017 05:01:27 +0000

A new type of photoelectrochemical cell achieves better than 100% efficiency in a hydrogen-generating reaction for the first time(image)



Chemists march for science

23 Apr 2017 20:16:00 +0000

Practitioners, professors, students, and fans join with throngs in support of science(image)



New way to make chiral arenes

21 Apr 2017 16:59:35 +0000

Combined chemical and biocatalytic method installs group important in drug design(image)



Lack of safety management system led to fatal Airgas explosion, U.S. Chemical Safety Board concludes

21 Apr 2017 11:59:00 +0000

CSB releases a report on the 2016 explosion at an Airgas facility that killed one worker(image)



Lowest density MOF to date

21 Apr 2017 11:00:54 +0000

Simple building blocks produce complex structure with a unit cell made up of 816 uranium nodes and 816 organic linkers(image)



Chemistry jobs and H-1B visas

21 Apr 2017 10:56:00 +0000

These 10 institutions applied for the most visas for jobs with titles that include the word “chemist.”(image)



How naked mole rats survive oxygen deprivation

20 Apr 2017 19:02:00 +0000

The quirky mammals rewire their metabolism to endure suffocating situations, study finds(image)



New dyes enable super-multicolor imaging

19 Apr 2017 20:42:53 +0000

Nitrile- and alkyne-containing dyes improve the sensitivity and specificity of Raman microscopy(image)



Chemists can now be picky about organosulfur compounds

19 Apr 2017 20:16:47 +0000

A new strategy enables direct selective C–H functionalization of a single sulfur component from mixtures typical of petroleum refinery streams(image)



AkzoNobel to exit chemicals within 12 months

19 Apr 2017 20:07:00 +0000

CEO calls divestment plan superior to PPG’s takeover offer(image)



Nanoparticle-based ink helps create 3-D printed glass

19 Apr 2017 17:27:00 +0000

High-resolution glass lenses, microreactors, and more are now possible(image)



Historic DuPont Building slated for redevelopment

19 Apr 2017 16:42:00 +0000

Chemours will occupy renewed space, and the adjacent turn-of-the-century Hotel DuPont will be preserved(image)



Fungal duo isolated from toxic lake produce novel antibiotic

19 Apr 2017 13:09:00 +0000

Berkeley Pit fungi grown together make an antibiotic that fights MRSA(image)



Ashland to buy Pharmachem for $660 million

19 Apr 2017 10:59:00 +0000

Deal will add specialized supplement and fragrance ingredients to Ashland’s food and personal care businesses(image)



CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna shares her outlook for the groundbreaking gene-editing tool

18 Apr 2017 20:06:00 +0000

UC Berkeley biochemist discusses how CRISPR could affect chemistry in areas including drug discovery and agriculture(image)



Nova will buy Williams’s ethylene plant

18 Apr 2017 18:27:00 +0000

Transaction is Canadian firm’s second recent U.S. Gulf Coast deal(image)



Ashland to buy Pharmachem for $660 million

17 Apr 2017 19:08:00 +0000

Deal will add specialized supplement and fragrance ingredients to Ashland’s food and personal care businesses(image)



Titanium dioxide’s elemental charge states reevaluated

17 Apr 2017 12:30:00 +0000

Titanium(III) rather than titanium(IV) could lead to reassessment of compound’s redox chemistry(image)



Frequency Therapeutics launches to tackle hearing loss

17 Apr 2017 05:01:11 +0000

Small molecule cocktail development to be supported by $32 million in funding(image)



Method improves single-cell genome analysis

17 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

LIANTI leads to fewer errors that plague other amplification methods(image)



U.S. Justice Department ends forensic science advisory panel

13 Apr 2017 22:35:04 +0000

Commission was aimed at improving reliability of discipline(image)



Photoluminescent lanthanide-based sensor distinguishes solvents

13 Apr 2017 20:18:00 +0000

Metal-organic framework materials could provide rapid field analysis of environmental contamination(image)



Carbon capture gets a boost from aromatic rings

13 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Linking phenyls to the amines used to scrub CO2 from power plant emissions could make process more efficient [...]



Easy access to boronate esters and boronic acids

13 Apr 2017 18:41:00 +0000

Methodology swaps out carboxylic acids for boron functional groups at late stages of syntheses [...]