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 at generating electrical current from light energy than their single-component counterparts. In the future, this concept could be used to design more efficient organic solar cells.
  • Subatomic quantum memory in diamond demonstrated – Physicists working at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Konstanz in Germany have developed a breakthrough in the use of diamond in quantum physics, marking an important step toward quantum computing.
  • Gene Editing Treats Blood Disease – Revising a dysfunctional gene in vivo for the first time, researchers successfully restore blood clotting in hemophiliac mice.
  • Mystery of how plutonium enters cells solved – It's been known for years that once plutonium is ingested it remains in the body for a long time, but what no one knew was how the plutonium is absorbed. Now, US scientists have found a cellular uptake pathway for plutonium, confirming a previous hypothesis but with a caveat.

Robert Slinn, chemist and writer, profers a fix of five fine chemical finds for his regular chemistry news column on Reactive Reports