TABLE OF CONTENTS
March 13, 2000
Volume 78, Number 11
CENEAR 78 11 p. 3
ISSN 0009-2347

NEWS OF THE WEEK

NANOTUBES:   8
Electronic properties of single-walled carbon nanostructures are sensitive to atmospheric oxygen.

ALL-PURPOSE TECHNIQUE: 9
One TLC plate is used to synthesize, separate, analyze, and screen combinatorial library.

BIOTECH DEALS: 9
Genzyme and Elan each take steps to fortify market position.

NATIONAL SECURITY: 10
U.S. should pay more attention to the intersection of infectious diseases and security.

EPA WINS ON AIR RULES: 10
Court supports agency on NOx reductions.

ORGANIC FOODS: 11
USDA resets its rules for what can be called organic.

NOW IN PRINT: 11
First paper edition of new ACS journalBiomacromolecules is in the mail.

STARTING SALARY SURVEY

NO BIG CHANGES: 12
It's status quo for 1999 class of chemists, chemical engineers: salaries edge up, employment remains strong.

BUSINESS

BUSINESS CONCENTRATES: 17

COVER STORY
PETROCHEMICALS: 19
Following a year that was better than expected, mergers and ventures are redefining the top producers.

AKZO NOBEL: 25
Firm's restructured surface chemistry unit is positioned for growth.

RESUSCITATING DMSO: 25
Industrial solvent has a champion in Gaylord Chemical.

FINANCIAL TERRORISM: 26
U.K. testing lab's shareholders sell stock after being threatened by animal rights activist groups.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES:  29

CLEAN WATER: 31
EPA's plan to address nonpoint sources of water pollution draws fire.

MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH: 33
NASA should use space station to settle whether protein crystal growth in space offers any advantages.

LURA POWELL AT PNNL: 35
Chemist who will take the helm of DOE's Pacific Northwest National Lab talks about her plans for the facility.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES:  41

SUPERSTAR ENZYME: 42
Highly proficient orotidine 5'-monophosphate decarboxylase fascinates enzymologists and chemists.

ENEDIYNES: 47
Research on these bacterial natural products shows promise.

AN ENZYME MOVIE: 50
Snapshots of the structures of unstable intermediate complexes help explain how a cytochrome P450 works.

WHAT'S THAT STUFF?: 52
Hair coloring involves some serious chemistry on your head.

THE DEPARTMENTS

     5 EDITOR'S PAGE

     6 LETTERS

   53 SOFTWARE/ONLINE BRIEFS

   54 PEOPLE

   57 AWARDS

   58 MEETINGS

  72 NEWSCRIPTS


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