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"It's chemistry controlled by entropy rather than by enthalpy."
JOHN C. WARNER, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, WARNER BABCOCK INSTITUTE FOR GREEN CHEMISTRYp. 36

October 4, 2010

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Highlights

Cover Story

Chemistry Energizes China

China's quest to develop innovative energy solutions represents a huge opportunity for foreign chemical and materials makers. (pp. 10-16)

Education

Academic R&D Spending Trends

Spending edged up 1.7% for chemistry but grew 4.8% for science and engineering as a whole in 2008. (pp. 32-34)

Meetings

Final Program: Pacifichem 2010

International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Dec. 15–20. (pp. 49-57)

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News Of The Week

Long-Awaited Ph.D. Program Rankings Released Earth Gets A Doppelganger Switchable Catalysts Perturbing A Cancer Reader

Long-Awaited Ph.D. Program Rankings Released p. 5

Graduate Schools: National Research Council evaluates doctoral programs for first time since 1995.

Boosting Taxol Production p. 6

Natural Products: Engineered bacteria churn out cancer drug precursors.

Earth Gets A Doppelganger p. 6

Exoplanets: Astronomers discover habitable planet orbiting nearby star.

Losing The Competitive Edge p. 7

Science Funding: Report says increased federal support is necessary for research, education.

Arizona Chemical Sold p. 7

American Securities buys a controlling interest in the maker of pine-based chemicals.

Switchable Catalysts p. 8

Materials Chemistry: Synthetic compounds mimic enzymes' on-off property.

Perturbing A Cancer Reader p. 8

Chemical Biology: Blocking a protein that recognizes markers on chromatin shrinks tumors in mice.

European Firms Chart New Paths p. 9

Reorganization: Akzo, DSM, Solvay will focus on developing countries.

Alnylam Downsizes p. 9

Alliance with Novartis ends, prompting cuts.

Business

German Industry's Special Edge pp. 20-21 (Member Content)

Kurzarbeit, a government program to retain employees, eases economic recovery.

Innovation's Poster Child pp. 22-23 (Member Content)

The synergies between Saudi Basic Industries Corp. and its engineering plastics business start to take shape.

Improving Forecast pp. 24-25 (Member Content)

Against headwinds, Western service providers stake out role in drug industry.

Business Concentrates pp. 17-18 (Member Content)

Education

Academic R&D Spending Trends pp. 40-44

Spending edged up 1.7% for chemistry but grew 4.8% for science and engineering as a whole in 2008.

ACS News

ACS Unveils New Publishing Agreement p. 45

Agreement expands how ACS journal authors can use their manuscripts.

A Week Of Green Chemistry In Colorado p. 45

Government & Policy

Slow Progress In Science Education pp. 28-29 (Member Content)

Successes have been sporadic despite many calls for change.

Blueprints For Chemical Control pp. 30-31 (Member Content)

EPA lays out action plans for flame retardant, family of surfactants, and azo dyes.

Government & Policy Concentrates p. 26 (Member Content)

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Science & Technology

Sustainable R&D pp. 36-37

The Warner Babcock Institute brings business savvy to green chemistry research.

Green Outreach: The Beyond Benign Foundation p. 37

Lab In A Mine pp. 38-39 (Member Content)

Construction of facility for physics and other experiments in former gold mine might start in 2014.

Science & Technology Concentrates pp. 34-35 (Member Content)

ACS Meetings

45th ACS Midwest Regional Meeting pp. 46-47

The Wichita Local Section of the American Chemical Society will host the 45th Midwest Regional Meeting (MWRM 2010) in Wichita, Kan.

Pacifichem 2010 pp. 49-57

International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Dec. 15–20.

2010–11 C&EN Calendar Web Exclusive

C&EN's latest list of meetings and events of interest to those in the chemical community.

Editor's Page

China Ascendant p. 3

The Departments

Letters p. 4

Newscripts p. 64

2010 Ig Nobel Prizes

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