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April 19, 2004
Vol. 82, Iss. 16

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  Table of Contents
April 19, 2004
Volume 82, Number 16
p. 1
 
   
 
  Cover Story  
SPECIALTY CHEMICALS
Key players explain how they have adapted to succeed in changing markets.
  COVER: Rohm and Haas photo  

  Latest News  
  LIQUID CRYSTALS
Compounds with biaxial nematic phases could revolutionize display technology.

DUPONT JOBS
Cutbacks, including four plant closures, will trim 6% of the company's workforce.

OZONE RULE
EPA says about 100 urban areas fail to meet air quality standard.

CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Army to modify disposal methods for mercury-tainted agent stored in Utah facility.

NANO HYPE
Shady stock promoters misuse nano label, firm charges.

NEW CHANCELLOR
North Carolina State University Chancellor Marye Anne Fox now has the top job at UC San Diego.

EVOLVED NANOPARTICLES
Researchers use RNA sequences to induce the formation of crystalline, hexagonal palladium nanoparticles.

DATA STORAGE
Layered polymer spheres may be ideal for secure data encryption and dense optical information storage.

QUARTZ CLOCK
Hydration layer technique fills gap in dating archaeological specimens.

 
 
 

  Business  
  BUSINESS CONCENTRATES

L. LOUIS HEGEDUS
C&EN talks with Atofina senior vice president of R&D, who enjoys a good challenge.

PLIGHT OF THE BEES
Pesticides get a bum rap for Europe's declining honeybee population.

 
 
 

  Government & Policy  
  GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES

NANOTECH INITIATIVE
Experts from academia, industry, and government assess the state of the field and its future direction.

HINDSIGHTS
Employment data are the focus of partisan disputes.

 
 
 

  Science & Technology  
  SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES

ORGANOZIRCONIUM CHEMISTRY
On its golden anniversary, the field finds wide application in organic synthesis.

CIRCULAR AND KNOTTED PEPTIDES
Compounds discovered in bacteria, plants, and animals are stable and resistant to chemical, thermal, or enzymatic degradation.

MEETING BRIEFS

 
 
 

  Education  
  ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE
ACS project aims to broaden the process by which faculty members in the chemical sciences are hired.
 
 
 

  ACS News  
  2003 STARTING SALARY SURVEY
Job market is still soft, median salaries have dropped, and number of unemployed has held steady.
 
 
 

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