Pi-stacking better without the aromatics?

Pi-stacking better without the aromatics? – Scientists in the US have discovered that electrons confined to their double bonds can sometimes deliver stronger pi-stacking interactions than those roaming free in aromatic systems. The discovery could have a big impact on the design of receptors and supramolecular assemblies that rely on delocalised systems, they say. Chemist […]

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 […]

Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

Water molecules characterize the structure of DNA genetic material – Water molecules surround the genetic material DNA in a very specific way. Lignin cut down to size by nickel catalyst – A nickel-based homogeneous catalyst that breaks down lignin – the tough polymer that forms plant cell walls – into useful building blocks suitable for […]

Too much Festivus cheer?

Too much Festivus cheer? Evergreen hangover advice – Acetaldehyde is the toxic byproduct made by the liver when you drink alcohol, too much in your bloodstream the "morning after, the night before" and you will have a hangover. According to my friend Dr John Emsley at the RSC, honey on toast is the chemist's answer […]

Chemical happenings

These are the Reactive chemistry news links up to 15:25: Chemical happenings on the web – This week, the Alchemist hears how starfish mucus could be the next lead in anti-inflammatory drug research, while chromatography uses macrocyclic starch molecules to go green. News of an arsenic-based bacteria is greatly exaggerated (allegedly) but energy-rich waste water […]

Nature’s Chemistry

Eight chemists share their vision of chemistry in the inaugural issue of Nature Chemistry is published today. Nobel Laureate Ryoji Noyori considers how chemical synthesis should develop so that chemists might tackle global problems. Harry Gray outlines plans for making solar power viable, while Jim Clark discusses the green chemistry revolution. Barbara Imperiali highlights how […]