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Tag Archive: JACS

Apr 20

Eye-Test Abstracts


Readers: have you noticed the new trend in graphical abstracts? Seems to me that more and more choose the “coloring book” route. (I’ve written about this a few times at Just Like Cooking, but I’ve decided to up the ante and broaden the discussion audience over here) When designing talks and posters, most chemists will …

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May 01

Most Popular Chemistry Papers 2010 (1/3)


There are finally enough people visiting ChemFeeds (~150/day) that metrics like most accessed chemistry paper might actually be statistically significant information. So below I present the top two most clicked on abstracts from ChemFeeds for the first third of 2010. First Place: Emil Knoevenagel and the Roots of Aminocatalysis by Benjamin List in Angewandte Chemie …

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Apr 20

Is Chemistry Incompatible with Web 2.0?


(This post is in response to the April 19 editorial in C&E News.  For the response to the May 10 editorial, click here) A recent ChemJobber post notes that C&E News Editor-in-Chief Rudy Baum‘s editorials sometimes have a tendency to approach the controversial – and sometimes the purely political.  I wanted to discuss this weeks …

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Feb 12

This Message Will Self-Heal in 3, 2, 1…


Cassandra Fraser Recently, Cassandra Fraser’s group reported on a very cool property, reversible mechanochromic luminescence, observed in an easy to make material.[JACS] The molecule of interest is the difluoroboron complex of avobenzone (BF2AVB), that UV absorbing molecule in your sunscreen minus the boron and fluorines. In broad general language, mechanochromic luminescence describes the ability of …

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Jan 16

NanoPropulsion


Stephen J. Ebbens Jonathan Howse The current state of the art in nanopropulsion devices was recently reviewed by Ebbens and Howse in an article last Friday.[SoftMatter] A short summary of the nano- systems is presented below with video action shots when I could find them. The Whitesides Catalyst: Pt Fuel: H2O2 Propulsion: Bubble propulsion Terrain: …

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Aug 01

Crystals from IR Lasers


I was perusing Chem Feeds when this paper caught my eye with its snazzy abstract (right). The authors, Alexander et al., report crystallizing a supersatuated solution of KCl in agarose gel by using an IR laser. They are capable of crystallizing any pattern of interest by using a mask. The nice thing about using an …

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