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Archive: 2011 | 2010

Welcome to JACS Research In C&EN, an up-to-the-minute collection of news about the latest discoveries from the pages of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

October 17, 2011

Linker-Free Molecular Wires

Linker-Free Molecular Wires

Electronics: Metal-carbon bonds increase electrical conductance.

October 17, 2011

Asymmetry From A Guest

Asymmetry From A Guest

Stereochemistry: Enzymelike pocket that hosts chiral species controls catalyst's enantioselectivity.

October 17, 2011

Surprise Route To Peptoid Nanosheets

Surprise Route To Peptoid Nanosheets

Scientists find that peptoid-based materials form from compressed monolayers.

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JACS Research In C&EN

October, 2011

October 26, 2011

MOFs Sop Up Oil

Fluorinated metal-organic framework materials selectively adsorb hydrocarbons.

The Bryostatins' Tale

With the promise of treating cancer, Alzheimer's, and HIV, this family of marine natural products continues to intrigue scientists more than four decades after its discovery.

Drug Development: Taking The Long Route

The pharmaceutical company Eisai introduced Halaven, a compound that requires 62 chemical transformations to make.

October 19, 2011

Linker-Free Molecular Wires

Electronics: Metal-carbon bonds increase electrical conductance.

Asymmetry From A Guest

Stereochemistry: Enzymelike pocket that hosts chiral species controls catalyst's enantioselectivity.

Surprise Route To Peptoid Nanosheets

Scientists find that peptoid-based materials form from compressed monolayers.

October 10, 2011

Method Optimizes Interfering RNA

High-throughput technique quickly evaluates possible RNA modifications.

October 04, 2011

Hybrid Photocatalyst Produces H2 Rapidly

Coupling photosystem I and a cobalt complex yields an inexpensive yet active catalyst.

September, 2011

September 30, 2011

Skeletons Come To Light

Fluorescence Imaging: Monitoring cells as they dissolve bone may lead to disease treatments.

September 26, 2011

Porphyrin's Hole Plugged By Ethylene

All-organic porphyrin displays electronic properties amenable to solar energy collection.

Stretching Livens Up Electron Transport

Molecular dynamics simulation shows boost in electron tunneling for elongated designer molecule.

September 22, 2011

Reimagining Life's Chemical Engines

Biochemistry: Damaged DNA building block hints at the origins of life's redox catalysts.

September 12, 2011

Cyclization Shortcut

Organic Synthesis: Combined route to complex cyclic products saves steps, improves yields.

A Fast Flip For Hydrogen Spins

Nuclei of fullerene-caged hydrogen molecules respond quickly to irradiation.

August, 2011

August 31, 2011

Indole Changeup Yields Elusive Alkaloid

ACS Meeting News: Cyclization and nitrene insertion star in synthesis.

August 30, 2011

Prefab Synthesis Moves Ahead

Organic Chemistry: First stable alpha-boryl aldehydes ease preparation of complex small molecules.

Multiple Bradykinin States Revealed

The peptide adopts at least 10 conformers in solution, explaining why its structure had only been partially characterized.

Scaling Up The Axinellamines

A quicker, more efficient, and stereocontrolled route to a key intermediate streamlines natural product syntheses.

August 23, 2011

A Revamped Vancomycin

Medicinal Chemistry: Modified compound shows promise against hard-to-treat bacteria.

Anomeric Study Reinterpreted

A computational study counters the interpretation of previous work describing differences between sugar isomers.

Molecular Gels Sport New Phase Transition

Solvent molecules expelled from or incorporated into molecular gel networks control the material's opaqueness.

August 17, 2011

Supramolecular Polymerization

Peptide-based molecules form tubes and helices.

Plasmons Enhance Solar-Cell Output

Electron waves associated with core-shell particles lead to thinner better-performing devices.

August 11, 2011

Animal's Amino Acids Go Unnatural

Non-canonical amino acids incorporated into multicellular organism.

Devices Reveal Hidden Messages

Materials Science: Sensors' response to surface tension can also differentiate liquids.

August 10, 2011

Heavy-Metal Ring Bags Metal Atom

Inorganic Chemistry: Heterocycle traps an uncharged palladium atom in an odd host-guest interaction.

A Puzzle Named Bengu Sezen

A historic case of fraud in the chemistry community leaves many questions and issues unresolved.

August 4, 2011

Prenylation With A Twist

Biochemistry: Enzyme catalyzes attachment of hydrophobic modifier to peptides in a new way.

August 1, 2011

Proteins Reveal Their Secrets Under Pressure

NMR Spectroscopy: New device allows chemists to apply pressure to proteins during NMR experiments.

Probing Enantiomer Purity

Stereochemical Analysis: New method quickly reveals the composition of mixtures of enantiomers of carboxylic acids.

Prion's Multiple Roles

An electrochemical study suggests one of prion protein's normal roles may be copper-driven cellular signaling.

July, 2011

July 29, 2011

Probing Enantiomer Purity

Stereochemical Analysis: New method quickly reveals the composition of mixtures of enantiomers of carboxylic acids.

July 18, 2011

Tissue Morphing On Patterned Surfaces

Model substrate provides biologically active platform on which to study dynamic cell and tissue processes.

Mechanism Reported For Eliminylation

Carbanion-based route is likely path for recently discovered post-translational protein modification.

July 11, 2011

Iridium Illuminates Nuclei Of Living Cells

A metal complex turns on and lights up nuclei by binding to histidine rather than to DNA like other imaging agents.

July 7, 2011

Titanium Sparks Ethane-To-Ethylene Conversion

With the help of a titanium alkylidyne reagent, chemists have found a way to make ethylene from ethane at room temperature.

June, 2011

June 28, 2011

Bifunctional Solid Catalyst

Metal oxide nanoparticles convert ethanol to isobutene.

Complementary Routes Fashion Anticancer Natural Product

Polyketide natural product kibdelone C made for first time.

June 17, 2011

Promising Pom-Poms

Therapeutics: Nucleic acid structures enter cells readily, control gene expression.

June 13, 2011

DNA Folding In Cell-like Setting

Structural Biochemistry: G-quadruplex structure in crowded solution revealed.

June 9, 2011

A Simple Test Spots Bacteria

Biosensors: A strip of filter paper changes color when exposed to bacteria.

June 2, 2011

Detecting A Bacterial Toxin's Glow

Synthetic Sensors: New probe fluoresces when it binds to a common bacterial molecule.

May, 2011

May 23, 2011

Graphene Via Electrochemistry

Materials: Process that damages batteries yields desirable form of carbon.

Safer Synthesis Of Fluorophosphate Crystals

Method for making analogs of metal oxides avoids hydrofluoric acid.

Molecules Vanish In Nanotubes

Molecular dipoles induce mirror-image nanotube dipole that screen molecules from IR light.

Metathesis Catalyst Catches A Few More Zs

Revised version of ruthenium catalyst improves selectivity for Z alkenes in olefin metathesis reactions.

May 16, 2011

Wiring A Single-Molecule Circuit

Electronics: Researchers link polymer nanowires to single molecules.

Unnatural Backbone Mimics alpha-Helix

Peptide Chemistry: gamma-Amino acid stabilizes structural copycat.

April, 2011

April 11, 2011

Safer Carbonylations

Synthesis: New approach could ease small-scale carbon monoxide reactions.

April 1, 2011

Plastics Created From Yeast-Made Monomers

ACS Meeting News: With genetic engineering, chemists coax yeast into making ω-hydroxy fatty acids for producing degradable polymers.

March, 2011

March 31, 2011

Molecular Megaphone Made-To-Order

ACS Meeting News: Two-component strategy translates trace analytes into a colored readout.

March 29, 2011

Single-Molecule Magnets Evolve

Organometallics: Erbium complex displays new magnetic features that could lead to practical uses.

Carboryne Insertion Goes Two Ways

Reactive boron-carbon clusters have two resonance forms that exhibit significantly different reactivity patterns.

March 22, 2011

Synthetic Strollers

Inspired by nature, scientists build walking molecules that stay on track.

March 21, 2011

Building Boron-Containing Polyphenylenes

Ring-opening reaction provides a better route to oligomer building blocks for making optoelectronic materials.

March 8, 2011

Fluoride Blocks Enzyme Site

Blocked active site allows scientists to visualize enzyme-inhibitor complexes that couldn't be seen before.

Rhodium-Catalyzed Reaction Pinned Down

Calculations suggest the C-H activation/Cope rearrangement combo can be customized to deliver multiple chiral products.

March 11, 2011

A Better Way To Produce Organic Photovoltaics

Materials Science: Researchers produce an all-carbon composite solar cell from organic components suspended in water.

March 8, 2011

Stealth Bacteria Fighters Have Golden Stability

New findings reveal that induced pluripotent stem cells can have problematic mutations.

February, 2011

February 28, 2011

Sequestered Antibiotics

Shuttling drugs away from their intended targets can sometimes transform them into good antimicrobials.

Palladium-Allyl Bridges Snatch CO2

Unusual double-bridging complexes reveal their ability to insert CO2 and form carboxylates.

February 22, 2011

Mechanistic Study Boosts Knowledge Of Radical Polymerization

Cleavage of alkyl halide initiators proceeds via a concerted process rather than a stepwise mechanism.

February 9, 2011

Light Turns On Caged Enzyme

Biology: Illuminating a kinase bearing unnatural lysine reveals cell-signaling cascade.

February 2, 2011

Linking Lomaiviticin

Organic Synthesis: Extensive search reveals metal complex that makes natural product's crowded bond.

A Little Tug Speeds Up Collagen Cleavage

Mechanical stress increases the rate at which structural collagen is degraded by an enzyme.

Giving DNA A Good Yank

Biophysics: Find adds fodder to question about nature of overextended DNA.

Surprising Superoxide

Catalysis: Novel mode of end-on oxygen binding discovered in palladium complexes.

Glutamine Probe Images Tumors

Scientists could use the 18F-glutamine derivatives to track tumors that use glutamine as an alternative energy source.

January, 2011

January 18, 2011

CO2 Helps Crystals Change Shape

Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Polymorphs convert under mild conditions.

One-Pot Method Produces Pyrroles

Reaction converts aromatic alkynes to heterocycles in presence of palladium catalyst.

Multimetal Organic Complexes

Synthesis: Method couples various metals in predetermined sequences.

Elevating Oxygen

Spectroscopy: Technique yields unprecedented resolution in 17O NMR spectra of proteins in solution.

Archive: 2011 | 2010

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