News from across RSC Publishing.
A rare example of photochromism in the solid state has been discovered by chemists at the University of Victoria, Canada and the University of Washington, US. The team, led by Natia Frank, synthesised a new spirooxazine and found that single crystals undergo a colour change on exposure to UV light that is photochemically reversible and thermally irreversible. The stability of the light-generated form, which is unusual for these compounds, opens up a new class of materials with potential for optical data storage applications.
Polymer ligands have been used as models of the amino acids that naturally control the growth of CaCO3. Led by Norikazu Ueyama, researchers from Osaka University and the National Institute of AIST Kansai, Japan, have synthesised novel poly(carboxylate) ligands with an amide group neighbouring the carboxylate. They discovered the hydrogen bond between the amide NH and the carboxylate oxyanion plays a key role in controlling morphology during the biomineralization process. The group now hopes to clarify the biomineralization mechanism.
One of the challenges facing chemists developing synthetic routes to natural products is stereocontrol. Ian Fleming at the University of Cambridge, UK, and colleagues in Korea have devised an elegant synthesis of racemic sparteine. The key step in their approach is the diastereoselective protonation of a meso dienolate intermediate which sets up the stereochemistry of the target molecule. Few methods exist for preparing enantiomeric sparteine however this strategy shows great promise for achieving this in the future.
Arthur Suits from Wayne State University in Detroit, US, and colleagues (from the US, Canada and Russia) have studied the break-up of ozone by UV light. Different pathways are possible, leading to the same product. Monitoring these pathways has allowed the electronic states of ozone and its break-up to be better understood. The method could be used to study quantum properties in other molecular systems. Consequently, it contributes to ongoing efforts to control molecular events actively and to build quantum computers.
The countdown is over and the first print issue of Molecular BioSystems, a chemical biology journal with a particular focus at the interface between chemistry and the -omic science...
Dealing with nearly 1300 manuscripts and 3000 cif files a year means my day is never dull!
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) has been selected by the National Library of Medicine to be indexed and included in Index Medicus/MEDLINE
Gas-phase spectroscopy on large molecules confirms their structure
Insulin proteins pass on their structural information and add to amyloid research
A common weed could help decontaminate water in the developing world
Combining controlled polymerisation and 'click' chemistry
Arginine-rich peptides use anions to cross membranes in biological systems, say Swiss researchers.
Nanophotocatalysts are killing cancer and viruses by producing destructive oxygen species.
A method to synthesise diverse libraries of carbohydrate clusters quickly and simply has been developed.
The human genome is being used to produce a new generation of drugs that target the genetic changes responsible for individual cancers.
Processes for decomposing pesticides and chemical warfare agents are being unravelled by Canadian scientists.
A simple chemical alteration can make a molecule that normally forms gels in organic solvents switch to making gels in water.
An iridium complex has been developed as a red-light emitting material for use in organic light emitting diodes (OLED).