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Rigid molecular wires make electrons fly

29 August 2014 Research

Organic wires conduct electrons 800 times faster than other molecular counterparts by letting them hitch a ride on a vibrational wave

Knock-out theory puts new spin on general anaesthesia

12 August 2014 Research

Anaesthetics effect on proteins' electronic structure could explain mystery of how diverse molecules can cause unconsciousness

3D printed reactionware hots up

6 August 2014 Research

New materials created in printed plastic vessels that can withstand high temperatures

Propeller-shaped molecules give 2D polymers lift-off

27 July 2014 Research

Chemists' synthetic answer to graphene – flat polymer sheets a molecule thick – could be tailored to many applications

Tough tungsten alloy produces purer nanotubes

27 June 2014 Research

Heat stable catalyst grows carbon nanotubes with 90% uniform chirality

Synthetic receptor recognises entire drug family

17 June 2014 Research

Supramolecular structure could be used to monitor the rise of new 'designer' drugs excreted into sewers

Spider venom pesticide 'harmless to bees'

4 June 2014 Research

Fusion protein kills aphids and caterpillars but doesn't disrupt bees' foraging instincts

Unusual H-bond patterns revealed in single molecule image

27 May 2014 Research

Hydrogen atoms in a molecule of cobalt phthalocyanine appear to be ‘shared’ between multiple centres

3D printing reveals shark skin secrets

14 May 2014 Research

Facsimile skin with tiny tooth-like bumps improves shark's swimming efficiency by 6%

Element 117 poised to enter superheavyweight division

6 May 2014 Research

Latest evidence for ununseptium reveals that the decay chain is longer than previously thought

Elusive σ aromaticity captured

28 April 2014 Research

Never before seen five-membered aromatic ring isolated in metal hydride with implication for catalysis

Isolation of cyanoformate suggests new carbon capture approaches

7 April 2014 Research

Elusive ion solves mystery that baffled plant biochemists and offers new way to trap carbon dioxide

Popcorn-like explosion of single crystals explained

27 March 2014 Research

Light-activation reaction and phase transformation make crystals jump, roll and pop

Short peptides self-assemble into a catalyst

16 March 2014 Research

Catalysts made from peptide chains just seven amino acids long could shed light on enzyme evolution

Chemists make headway on C–H activation challenges

14 March 2014 Research

New ways to target and control C-H bonds creates opportunities for organic synthesis.

Quantum tunnelling sparks chemistry on cold surfaces

27 February 2014 Research

Larger atoms than hydrogen shown to be able to tunnel opening up frigid cosmos to a richer range of chemistry

Synthetic ‘textbook model’ of a biological catalyst

25 February 2014 Research

Simple molecules that mimic the way an enzyme acts on its substrate set to become 'classic illustration' of biological catalysis

Laser writing makes ‘bone like’ material

3 February 2014 Research

Microstructures are built to be lightweight but strong, just like bone

New biosensor inspired by turkeys

24 January 2014 Research

Researchers have developed a sensor that detects volatile chemicals by mimicking the way turkeys change their skin colour

Cheap and colourful holographic sensors

21 January 2014 Research

Dynamic holograms change colour in response to pH or glucose

Flexible electronics get even more bendy

8 January 2014 Research

Swiss scientists produce a circuit so thin and pliant that it can be wrapped arond a human hair

Rare element substitution a tricky proposition

6 January 2014 News and Analysis

Audit of scarce materials finds alternatives for use in modern technologies like computers and mobiles are even scarcer

Caged toxin for safer, better bacterial vaccines

3 December 2013 Research

Hybrid nanoparticles can deliver unmodified toxins giving the immune system a better education to resist future infections

Pressure cooker produces new metal hydride

29 November 2013 Research

Combining hydrogen and iridium under pressure gives a hydrogen-rich hydride with an unusual structure

A drop of extra bounce

20 November 2013 Research

Discovery of a way to make water bounce off surfaces faster could be used to stop ice forming on jet engines