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Highlights in Chemical Science

News from across RSC Publishing.

Issue 12

Research Highlights

Chemical forensics: every contact leaves a trace

David Rendle surveys the chemical techniques currently available to forensic scientists.

Detecting alkaloids

A new non-destructive method for the detection of alkaloids in plant tissue has been developed by a team of US researchers.

The bones behind the cytoskeleton network

A newly discovered cyclic AMP (cAMP) receptor called Epac plays an important role in connecting the microtubule cytoskeleton network to intracellular cAMP-signalling.

Toxic elements in cigarette smoke

Heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium and lead have been detected in sidestream cigarette smoke, demonstrating that these toxic elements can travel different distances in air flow.

Nanoparticles unite

The self-assembly of metal nanoparticles at fluid interfaces has been successfully demonstrated by German researchers.

New fluorophilic phosphines for use in catalysis

Advances in the synthesis of ligands for use in rhodium-based catalysts could lead to industrially viable applications.

Ionic liquids toxic to fish

Acute toxicity testing of ionic liquids with zebrafish suggests that some of these compounds pose a risk to the aquatic environment.

Molecular gearbox

A remarkable molecular gearbox with potential applications in nanoscience and smart materials has been developed.

Helical polymer solutions

A polymer that forms helices when dissolved in water could lead to new materials for bio and electronic applications.

Cyclodextrin vesicles receive molecular signals

Answers to how living cells and bacteria receive molecular signals and deal with the initial steps of viral infection may soon be revealed.

Designing helical structures

Scientists from Hong Kong have demonstrated a strategy for tuning the pitch of metal-organic helical polymers by choice of metal ion or counter anion.

Self-assembling dendrimers - reaching the core

A new structure has been developed that promises to serve as the core for a novel self-assembling dendrimer.

Controlling electron movement in molecular-scale wires

Modulating electron flow along a donor-connector-acceptor system by control of the central torsion angle of a bridging group could lead to improved communication systems.

Bridging a complex situation

New complexes with multi-bridging, multi-coordination mode thione ligands have been discovered.

Essential Elements

Puzzling chemistry

Are you good at solving puzzles?

40th anniversary of ChemComm

This year has seen the anniversary of 40 years of ChemComm

Advancing biosciences

A fascinating, new book series is being launched by the RSC

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