Down to earth with nanotechnology

Emilie Bigorgne of the Université Paul Verlaine – Metz and colleagues suggest that the increasing production of nanomaterials will in turn increase the release of nanosized by-products to the environment. Whether or not these particles will accumulate or be degraded and whether or not they pose an ecological risk depends on the chemical and physical […]

This week’s chemistry news – Slinn Pickings

Skin cream slows down snake venom – DEADLY snake-bite venom could be slowed on its way into the blood by a cream applied to the bite site, giving victims time to seek help. Liquid cement turns liquid metal – Concrete is heavy, tough and – you might think – a reliable insulator. But researchers in […]

This week’s chemistry news – Slinn Pickings

Scientists discover dielectron charging of water nano-droplet – Scientists have discovered fundamental steps of charging of nano-sized water droplets and unveiled the long-sought-after mechanism of hydrogen emission from irradiated water. Photosystems made using ’3D Tetris’ – Scientists in Switzerland have designed self-sorted multicomponent surface architectures for supramolecular organic photosystems that are 40 times more active […]

Aromatic chemistry and the impossibility of a spiral stair

David Bradley recently blogged about a molecule that resembles the Penrose Steps, the post caught the eye of Dan Lednicer who reveals here a tale of aromatic chemistry from the pioneering days of 1950s organic synthesis and alludes to the impossibility of a spiral staircase. There was no question in my mind in the fall […]

Making fluorine reactions stick

Fluorine in organic chemistry is an important topic across the synthetic pharmaceutical, agrochemical and materials areas because switching out hydrogen atoms selectivity for this element allows chemists to tune the reactivity of specific groups within a given molecule. Now, chemists in Switzerland have turned to fluorine to help them make specific carbon-carbon bonds. The formation […]

Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

Rutgers Offers Hope in New Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries – Scientists at the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University and Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have developed a chemically synthesized siRNA molecule that allows regeneration of nerve cells. Sweet chemistry: Carbohydrate adhesion gives stainless steel implants beneficial new functions – A new chemical […]