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"A lot of people from scientific backgrounds hesitate to take risks."

August 29, 2011

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Cover Story

Retardant Debate

Sparks fly over the environmental effects of fire retardants used by the U.S. Forest Service.. (pp. 11-15)

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Government & Policy

Gender Gap Holds Constant(Member Content)

For women in science and technology, salaries, number of degrees remain lower than for men. (pp. 28-30)

Science & Technology

Using Bacteria To Clean Water(Member Content)

Utilities are starting to take advantage of naturally occurring microbes to rid drinking water of nitrate, perchlorate. (pp. 34-35)

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Cover Story

Seeing Red pp. 11-15

Controversy smolders over federal use of aerially applied fire retardants.

How They Work: Retardants Drive Wood Decomposition To Dehydration, Hinder Ignition p. 14

Trees and brush don't just ignite from a stray spark. Wood itself, composed of cellulose, a natural polymer, doesn't burn.

News Of The Week

Prefab Synthesis Moves Ahead p. 5

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

A Clash Of Interests p. 6

Ethics: Health department's new conflict-of-interest policies raise concerns.

BASF To Invest Big In Brazil p. 6

Petrochemicals: Planned facility includes South America's first acrylic acid, superabsorbent polymers plants.

Asteroid Yields Its Secrets p. 7

Space Science: Rock particles show link with meteorites, solve weathering mysteries.

Contract Research p. 7

Aptuit will sell clinical-trial supply unit to Catalent

Fixing Regulations p. 8

Government: Moves will save $10 billion in five years, Obama Administration says.

Genomatica To Go Public p. 8

Biobased Chemicals: Initial public offering plan follows partnership and new product announcements.

New Method Is Spot On p. 9

Microfluidics: Droplet-based method could help automate dried blood spot analysis.

Climate Researcher Exonerated p. 9

Investigation: NSF probe clears researcher Michael Mann of misconduct allegations.


Homegrown R&D Flowers In China pp. 18-21 (Member Content)

Seasoned executives foresee big opportunities for innovative drugs for the Chinese market.

A Fall And Rise pp. 22-24 (Member Content)

Entrepreneurial chemist looks back on companies he built and then lost.

Business Concentrates pp. 16-17 (Member Content)

  • Loan Guarantees Advance Biofuels Projects
  • After years-long delays in facilities construction because of technology challenges and lack of financing, some biofuels companies are getting a helping hand from the U.S. government...
  • Air Products Slates Waste-To-Energy Unit
  • Air Products & Chemicals has received permission from U.K. government authorities to build a waste-to-energy facility in Billingham, England...
  • Cabot Will Sell Tantalum Business
  • Cabot has reached an agreement to sell its Supermetals business for $400 million to Global Advanced Metals...
  • Momentive To Boost Silanes Facilities
  • Momentive Performance Materials will expand capacity for silanes at its plants in Sistersville, W.Va., and Termoli, Italy...
  • LG Plans Ethylene In Kazakhstan
  • LG Chem plans to construct a petrochemical complex in western Kazakhstan by 2016 in a joint venture with state-owned Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries...
  • Dow Seeks Approval For New Soybeans
  • Dow Chemical and the gene trait provider M.S. Technologies have made a joint submission to USDA for the first-ever soybean that tolerates three herbicides...
  • Amyris Joins With Nikko And Albemarle
  • The biobased chemicals company Amyris has signed an agreement to sell several hundred tons of its renewable squalane to Nikko Chemicals...
  • Dow And Lehigh Link For Rubber Reuse
  • Dow Chemical and Lehigh Technologies are joining to develop materials that make tires more sustainable...
  • Henkel Builds Plant For China Adhesives
  • Henkel has started construction at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park on what it says will be the world’s largest adhesives plant...
  • Takeda Bags Big Vaccine Subsidy
  • The Japanese government has awarded Takeda Pharmaceutical $312 million to help it invest in pandemic H5N1 flu vaccine development and manufacturing...
  • Asahi Gets Judgment In Actelion Lawsuit
  • A superior court in California has entered a judgment requiring Switzerland’s Actelion to pay $517 million to Asahi Kasei for breaching a licensing agreement...
  • Albany Molecular Lands NIH Contract
  • Albany Molecular Research Inc. has won a five-year contract from NIH and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke...
  • GSK Spins Off A Hearing-Drug Firm
  • GlaxoSmithKline has taken a minority stake in Autifony Therapeutics, a spin-off of GSK’s early-stage hearing disorder asset...
  • Business Roundup
  • Ashland, Air Products & Chemicals, Lubrizol,Lonza, JFC Technologies, Novoset, Agilent Technologies, Chungnam National University, FMC, Chr. Hansen, KalVista, Par Pharmaceutical, Anchen Pharmaceuticals...

ACS News

IYC 2011: Vietnam p. 42

Natural products chemist Ngo Le-Van returned home to fulfill his chemical dream.

This Week Online

ACS National Meeting News

C&EN reporters have converged on Denver for the national meeting. Follow up-to-the-minute news coverage of the meeting, along with "C&EN Picks" videos that spotlight noteworthy sessions.

Corralling Llama Antibodies For Small Molecules

Antibody Production: New technique isolates unusually stable antibodies against a potential endocrine disrupter.

Fishing Out Dilute Disease Biomarkers

Medical Diagnostics: Gel microparticles detect sub-femtomolar concentrations of microRNAs.

Government & Policy

Gender Gap Holds Constant pp. 28-30 (Member Content)

For women in science and technology, salaries, number of degrees remain lower than for men.

Government & Policy Concentrates p. 26 (Member Content)

  • EPA Takes Aim At Fracking Emissions
  • EPA is proposing new regulations aimed at limiting air pollution from oil and natural gas drilling operations...
  • Interior To Hold Oil, Gas Lease Sale
  • The Interior Department says it will resume selling leases for offshore oil and natural gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since last year’s BP rig explosion...
  • Craft To Target Moon’s Gravity
  • A pair of spacecraft, set for launch aboard the same rocket on Sept. 8, will head for the moon to study its gravity...
  • Labs At EPA Need Better Management
  • The activities at EPA’s 37 laboratories are fragmented and largely uncoordinated, according to an analysis by the Government Accountability Offic....
  • Nitrogen Pollution Curbs Urged
  • EPA should work with other federal agencies to manage nitrogen pollution from agriculture and fossil-fuel burning in a more comprehensive way...

ACS Comments

Chemists Care About Jobs p. 41

Editor's Page

Travels With Beaker p. 3


2011 C&EN Calendar Web Exclusive

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


Social Networking And C&EN

Social Networking And C&EN

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Science & Technology

Using Bacteria To Clean Water pp. 34-35 (Member Content)

Utilities are starting to take advantage of naturally occurring microbes to rid drinking water of nitrate, perchlorate.

A Most Important Meeting pp. 36-37

Biochemistry: A sugar that coats the human ovum and is recognized by sperm may help explain the first steps of fertilization.

Diagnostic Device Heads To Field p. 39 (Member Content)

Microfluidics-based test for HIV and syphilis rivals lab-based tests.

C&EN Talks With Lawrence Principe p. 40

Chemist and historian studies alchemy to fully understand modern chemistry's evolution. With Video

Science & Technology Concentrates pp. 32-33

The Departments

Letters p. 2

Newscripts p. 48

Chemistry Goes Gaga, Campus Hosts Gotham

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Environmental SCENE News

Fertilizer May Help Bacteria Slip Into Groundwater

Water Safety: High phosphate levels allow deadly microbes to pass through soil.

Bisphenol A Is Ubiquitous In Receipts

Endocrine Disrupters: Researchers detect BPA in every receipt that they collected from seven U.S. cities.

Sunlight Is An Effective Disinfectant

Public Health: Field work shows that a cheap water treatment method improves children's health.

House Takes Aim At Clean Air Act

Pollution: Industry backs cost-benefit analyses of EPA rules, but critics fear assault on public health.

Analytical SCENE News

New Method Isolates Membrane Proteins

Protein Purification: Technique separates proteins on a lipid bilayer.

Bisphenol A Is Ubiquitous In Receipts

Endocrine Disrupters: Researchers detect BPA in every receipt that they collected from seven U.S. cities.

Mapping Drugs In Human Tissue

Clinical Chemistry: Mass spectrometry imaging provides view of an inhaled drug in human lung tissue.

Skeletons Come To Light

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

Analyzing Nuclear Processes

ACS Meeting News: Analytical chemists devise ways to watch radioactive streams.

JACS Research In C&EN

Indole Changeup Yields Elusive Alkaloid

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

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.

A Revamped Vancomycin

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

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