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Key metabolites controlling stem cell fate identified

29 July 2016 Research

Researchers may have found a cheaper way to get cells to differentiate into bone or cartilage on demand

Bringing 2D materials to market

29 July 2016 News and Analysis

Thomas Swan will supply Manchester institutes at bulk scale to speed application development

Chemistry under pressure

29 July 2016  Premium contentFeature

Bizarre and exciting findings are emerging at high pressures even as researchers struggle to explain them, finds Andy Extance

Turbocharged synthesis makes antiviral Tamiflu in an hour

13 July 2016 Research

Production process showcases how organocatalysis can combine reactions in a single pot

Scientists finally calculate water’s freezing point from scratch

7 July 2016 Research

Machine learning shows how van der Waals forces help explain watery wonders like floating ice cubes

Joining the injured

30 June 2016 Feature

Andy Extance discovers how new medical adhesives are overcoming the difficulties bodily fluids cause conventional polymers

Molecular motors start chemically-fuelled journey

9 June 2016 Research

Interlinked rings emulate how motor proteins work naturally in cells, while palladium catalysts corkscrew smaller molecules

Error bar estimates offer DFT sanity check

6 June 2016 Research

New molecule-based method makes it easier to assess the precision of reactivity calculations

Switching mindsets

27 May 2016  Premium contentFeature

The promise of molecules that photoswitch is increasingly rich, especially in biomedical applications, Andy Extance finds

IBM-led team aims molecular antivirus at buildings and people

25 May 2016 Research

Polymers initially targeting cleaning wipes stop 11 different viruses entering cells

Lone atoms reveal van der Waals attraction for the first time

17 May 2016 Research

The force between isolated atoms is stronger than expected due to other interactions

The fleeting frontier 

29 April 2016  Premium contentFeature

Andy Extance finds out how chemists are studying processes lasting trillionths of a second – and even less – using laser-based pump–probe experiments

Active esters enable powerful new route to carbon–carbon bonds

21 April 2016 Research

‘Insanely easy’ approach to form previously tricky sp3–sp3 bonds already being used by pharma just three months after discovery

Mouth-puckering molecule inspires fish-catching glove

13 April 2016 Research

Relevance of measuring tannic acid’s friction-increasing astringency reaches beyond food

Optical tweezers extract biomolecule folding secrets

9 April 2016 Research

Pioneering ‘transition path’ analysis studies mad cow disease-causing prions

Living colour

8 April 2016  Premium contentFeature

Fluorescent proteins can illuminate cells’ inner workings, but making them takes effort – and luck, as Andy Extance discovers

Lifting molecular brake may have kept primeval cells running

16 March 2016 Research

Removing RNA restriction can steady biochemical function, with relevance for life’s emergence

Electrostatic field powers up reaction rate 

2 March 2016 Research

Applying electrical potential to Diels-Alder system confirms prediction of catalytic effect that defies received chemical wisdom

Boat conformer launches new carbon bond-forming reaction

23 February 2016 Research

Palladium catalyst exploits usually hard-to-access configuration to achieve C–H activation

‘Forbidden chemistry’ drives carbon bond forming sequence

10 February 2016 Research

Flow process harnesses unstable diazo compounds in room temperature reactions

Raiders of the lost steel

15 January 2016  Premium contentFeature

The skills behind the legendary sharpness of wootz steel were once forgotten, but Andy Extance talks to the researchers unsheathing its secrets

Carbon dioxide-to-methanol catalyst ignites ‘fuel from air’ debate

14 January 2016 Research

Nobel winner’s team hopes ‘air capture’ of greenhouse gas can store renewable energy – but others see problems

New vinyl catalyst will reduce mercury emissions

11 January 2016 Business

Johnson Matthey strikes gold as China’s PVC industry looks for cleaner processes

Pfizer’s response to compound fraud spotlights quality issues

7 December 2015 News and Analysis

‘Bosutinib isomer’ typifies threat posed by evolution of chemical supply chain

Trampolining droplets raise hopes for ice-shedding surfaces

4 November 2015 Research

Mystery of bouncing droplets that apparently defy the laws of physics unravelled