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Highlights in Chemical Science

News from across RSC Publishing.

Issue 6

Research Highlights

Dynamic designer fragrances

Designer fragrances might conjure up images of Calvin Klein and JLo, but chemists have added new meaning to the phrase by designing perfumes that provide a longer-lasting scent.

Organogels offer control over nanofibre formation

Scientists in Spain say they have tuned the shape and size of silica nanofibres by using pH-responsive gels as templates.

Drug companies need change of strategy

UK pharmaceutical chemists reveal significant gaps in drug making processes worldwide.

Unexpected bonding in small spaces

A copper-oxygen bond that appears to defy the law of repulsion between like charges has been discovered by chemists in the UK.

Functional materials from peptides

Chemists in Japan have made nanotubular structures from cyclic peptides that could be used in molecular electronic devices.

Simulating cells on a surface

Simulating the movement of model biological cells could help predict cell behaviour, say researchers in the US.

Enzyme's natural substrate identified?

Branched-chain fatty acids are excellent substrates for a bacterial enzyme, suggesting that they might be part of a biologically significant process.

Ordered molecular nanoarrays

Researchers have made ordered nanoarrays of molecules on a surface, which they say could be useful for many emerging nanotechnologies.

Wrapping adds stability to luminescent probes

Chemical wrapping enhances the effectiveness of luminescent probes used in medical imaging, say chemists in Switzerland.

Acrylamide chains form self-assembled sheets

Chemists in India reveal crystal-clear evidence that acrylamide chains form sheet-like structures similar to protein ?-sheets.

Smart materials could transform medicine

Intelligent biomaterials show promise in regenerative medicine, diagnostics and drug delivery, says UK scientist.

Manipulating molecular motion

Researchers in Germany say they have gained full control over the motion of polar ammonia molecules in a molecular beam.

Palladium-ionic liquid catalysts

Researchers in the US have developed a phosphine-free catalytic system, based on ionic liquids, for use in palladium-catalysed reactions.

Molecular structures: why knot?

A German chemist has constructed a mathematical method to describe the geometric structure of knotted molecules.

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Remarkable new iron complex

Researchers in Germany have made a unique iron complex, based on ferrocene sandwiches, which could shed new light on transition-metal catalysts.

Liquid crystals under stress

Researchers in Germany say they can explain the apparently contradictory results seen when liquid crystals are mechanically stretched.

Polymers reduce infection risk

The risk of infection from medical implants can be reduced if the implants are coated with an antibacterial polymer, claim chemists in the US.

Essential Elements

Many happy returns!

First birthdays are usually quite a milestone for anyone and the Royal Society of Chemistry's two new interdisciplinary journals, Molecular BioSystems and Soft Matter, are no diffe...

And finally...

The second Fast Breaking Paper in a row for Journal of Materials Chemistry, and world class reviews on lanthanides in medicine in Chem. Soc. Rev.

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