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April 2000

David Bradley Science Writer and
Advanced Chemistry Development are proud to present the sixth issue of Reactive Reports, a new web-based Chemistry Magazine.

Reactive Reports from David Bradley Science Writer and Advanced Chemistry Development

Plastic magnet, fantastic  A thin, film magnetic organic material that is relatively stable in air at room temperature has been successfully synthesised by Joel Miller and his team at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. With a few chemical tweaks the material might be exploited in a range of applications from electrical engineering to computing.

Activating liquids and gases Finding ways to turn great volumes of gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons extracted from the earth into useful chemicals rather than simply burning them in our power stations and cars could open up the whole chemical industry to a new cost-effective route to everything from agrochemicals to pharmaceuticals and other substances.

Asthma attack   One of the most commonly used painkillers, paracetamol, could be to blame for worsening asthma, according to research published in the journal Thorax in April.
'We also found that asthma was more severe among frequent users of paracetamol,' Dr. Shaheen told RR.

Saving rabbit skins In a move that will cheer the antivivisection lobby, US regulatory bodies have agreed to accept chemical safety data from a synthetic skin test instead of results from animal testing. The new test can replace, in many applications, a method in which a chemical or chemical mixture was placed on the intact skin of a laboratory rabbit, which could avoid the need for annual rabbit use running to estimated thousands.

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Student's SnapShot Molecules
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ACD/Labs proudly announced the winner of the first ACD Scholar of the Year Award at the ACS meeting on 27th March, in San Francisco.
There were plenty of entries for the judges to wade through and with work presented being of the highest scientific standard the final decision was a difficult one to make. The three winners, in order, were Györgyi Kovács, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Szeged, Hungary, Valentine P. Ananikov, ND Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Oleh Tanchak, the Department of Applied Chemical and Biological Sciences, Ryerson Polytechnic University. Honourable mention was given to Jiansuo Wang, Institute of Physical Chemistry & College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University. Reactive Reports extends a hearty congratulations to all the winners!
The ACD/Labs Scholar of the Year 2000 is already announced!

"Automated Structure Verification for High-Throughput NMR Datasets" - the presentation was given by Tony Williams at NMR in the Drug Discovery pipeline, The Marlborough Hotel, London, UK May 2000
An overview of "tubeless NMR", the method of choice for the application of NMR to the analysis of combinatorial libraries will be given. The technology leads to an inordinate amount of data requiring analysis. Software utilizing H1 NMR prediction algorithms can allow predicted spectra to be generated for each of the suggested library structures and a statistical analysis performed to determine matching.