January 2011

Vol 8, No 1

January 2011

News and analysis

Industry 'disturbed' at Europe BPA ban

30 November 2010

EU's decision to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles draws criticism

Fees hike could focus the mind

10 December 2010

The UK government's vote in favour of tripling the university fees cap could force students to think harder about career potential following science degrees

Capping scientific migrants

25 November 2010

New immigration cap could bias against researchers looking to come to the UK

Vodka taste test tiff

15 December 2010

The idea that the perception of vodka could be influenced by molecular structures within the beverage has been challenged and defended

New European lithium source?

30 November 2010

New lithium mineral reserves in Finland could ease Europe's reliance on countries like China for supplies of the material

Nanodiamond encrusted bones

08 December 2010

Tiny nanodiamonds could be used to reinforce biodegradable polymers used in surgical screws that dissolve once their purpose is served

Speeding up electrons in solar cells

14 December 2010

Self assembling nanowire electrodes for dye-sensitised solar cells transport electrons faster

New drug pricing rules in Germany

18 November 2010

Law forcing negotiation with insurers could cost industry €2 billion and hamper research

US urged to triple energy R&D investment

06 December 2010

Obama's science council warns that US federal spending on energy R&D is lagging and needs to jump three-fold to $16 billion

Glasgow IP giveaway

01 December 2010

'Far-sighted' initiative from the University of Glasgow seeks to increase access to scientific knowledge generated using taxpayer money

A chemical regulation comes of age

23 December 2010

For the European chemical industry, 2010 was all about registration under the Reach regulation, the focus of our roundup

Fines, flu and an uncertain future

22 December 2010

Our roundup of another tough year for the pharma industry takes a closer look at the big players hit by big fines

Business roundup

Industry news, January2011

In the papers...

Short items

Market Place

New products, January 2011

News in Brief

Short items, January 2011

Note book

Short items, January 2011


Research

Cancers imaged and monitored using firefly glow

01 December 2010

New probe uses a glowing pigment found in fireflies to signal the presence of hydrogen peroxide in the body, an indicator of tumours or disease

Enriching the origin of life theory

26 November 2010

Enantioenrichment of one of life's building blocks could have occurred near volcanoes on primitive Earth

Arsenic sustains life

03 December 2010

A microorganism that feeds on the toxic element arsenic instead of essential nutrient phosphorus has been discovered by US researchers

DNA readers ratchet closer

29 November 2010

Nanopore DNA sequencers are on the verge of becoming a reality, as controlling DNA strand movement through the pore is finally cracked

Eco-friendly chromatography

09 December 2010

Cyclodextrins added to the mobile phase could green up chromatography

Helping nanodevices to self-heal

07 December 2010

New research suggests a simple way to diagnose and repair damage to nanodevices using electric current

Nanotube material retains bounce at extreme temperatures

02 December 2010

Carbon nanotubes can make a rubber like material that remains usable in a temperature range of over one thousand degrees

Water takes forbidden form

16 November 2010

Water can adopt a 'forbidden' quasicrystalline state with twelve-fold symmetry, say US researchers

Breaking news for the CO bond

10 December 2010

The strongest diatomic bond, CO, is broken by oxidation on a gold catalyst

Mystery of diamond polishing solved?

29 November 2010

Researchers use molecular dynamics to come up with an atomic-level explanation for how diamond is polished

Cellulose used to make smart window materials

18 November 2010

Colour-tuneable silica films using a cheap chiral template material

Rise of the micro machines

19 November 2010

Microbots could be manipulated from outside the body to deliver cells to specific locations

Nanotube probe for cellular studies

13 December 2010

Carbon nanotube-based endoscope can probe the internal workings of a cell without causing damage

Lithiation through the lens

09 December 2010

Scientists generate high resolution images of nanowire electrodes revealing they flex and grow when charged

No stone left unturned in oil hunt

03 December 2010

Unrecovered oil in mature oil fields could be found by a nanoparticle injected into rocks

DNA origami meets low-cost lithography

17 November 2010

Researchers use tiny gold islands to position DNA origami, in another step towards 'self-assembled' nanoelectronics

Printing on bioactive paper

26 November 2010

Enzyme-catalysed reactions can be printed on paper for many applications including anti-counterfeiting

Using fruit flies' sweet tooth

02 December 2010

Australian researchers use fruit flies to help develop new sugar alternatives

The medicine's in the (wine) bottle

19 November 2010

Red wine contains enough antioxidants to rival the activity of diabetes drug rosiglitazone

Micro organ system to test cancer drugs

02 December 2010

New organ-on-a-chip system simultaneously tests how liver, intestine and breast cancer cells respond to cancer drugs

Cutting edge chemistry in 2010

21 December 2010

Chemistry World's pick of last year's research papers


Features

Elements of inspiration

Unerring in her enquiry and not afraid of hard work, Marie Curie set a shining example for generations of scientists. Bill Griffith explores the life of a chemical heroine

Picture perfect pentacene

Advances in microscopy are letting us see not just atoms but the chemical bonds in between them. James Mitchell Crow takes a closer look

Critical thinking

As our supply of some essential elements dries up, it's time to start urban mining. Emma Davies reports

Faking it

Counterfeit medicines can kill - so shouldn't we lock up the people producing them? Bea Perks finds out it's not quite that simple


Opinion

Editorial: Celebrate chemistry

Happy new year! And a very special one as in 2011 we will be celebrating the International Year of Chemistry

Behind the scenes at UK museums

What future do Britain's museums face in the light of government spending cuts? Science communicator Alice Bell discusses what it could mean for the next generation of scientists

Column: In the pipeline

Some medicinal chemists can't get enough fluorines in their molecules. Derek Lowe explains the love-hate relationship

Column: The crucible

Dutch Nobel laureate Peter Debye has been branded a Nazi collaborator, but Philip Ball suggests that the historical facts permit several interpretations

My hero: The greatest influences of chemistry Nobel laureates

Harry Kroto tells us why Sir John Kappa is his hero in chemistry


Chemistry World Jobs

The Educated Chemist: Researchers in residence

The Research Councils UK flagship engagement project is encouraging children to take up science after school, writes Hayley Birch

The insider: Things can only get better

Publicising your results and explaining their significance to the wider public has an obvious value to society. But it's good for your career too, reports Bea Perks

Careers clinic: Options Stateside

There are plenty of places to look for a postdoc position on the other side of the Atlantic, says Charlotte Ashley-Roberts

Profile: Teach the teachers

Teaching is in Jane Essex's blood. After years teaching in schools, she is now inspiring the next generation of chemistry teachers - and loving it, as she tells Emma Davies


Regulars

Reviews

Chemistry World Reviews, January 2011



Letters

Chemistry World Letters, January 2011



Puzzles

Puzzles, January 2011

Chemistry through the lens

Crystallized soy sauce

Classic kit: Töpler pump

Too many arm curls

Flashback

25 years ago in Chemistry in Britain