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Gas trap could drive down cost of key commodity chemical

26 May 2016 Research

Material can separate contaminant from the world’s biggest organic chemical feedstuff – ethylene – and cut its carbon footprint

Chemical synthesis injects new life into old antibiotics

26 May 2016 Research

Approach can construct wide range of new antibiotic candidates from simple chemical building blocks

Explosive water display caught on film

25 May 2016 Research

SLAC produces first slow motion video of droplets exploding in path of x-ray laser

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

Polymeric pod promotes virus’s pesticidal powers

24 May 2016 Research

Dendrimer DNA carriers broaden range of virus targets

Crawling chemical system acts as if it’s alive

24 May 2016 Research

Intriguing globule that moves, eats and defecates

AFM maps bacteria on skin

20 May 2016 Research

Scientists measure binding forces between bacteria and skin cells for better vaccines and skin treatments

Rare mixed-valent Si2H radical isolated

19 May 2016 Research

N-heterocyclic carbenes used to trap subvalent disilicon hydride species

Water gets the mille-feuille treatment

18 May 2016 Research

Puff pastry-style filter paper is crème de la crème of virus filtration

Spreading palladium thinly delivers exceptional catalytic activity

18 May 2016 Research

Dispersing individual palladium atoms in titania nanosheet boosts activity 55-fold over commercial counterparts

Lead isotopes track Roman Empire’s water supplies

17 May 2016 Research

Analysis reveals damage to the water network after the eruption of Vesuvius and its subsequent repair

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

‘Shark jelly’ has record proton conductivity

16 May 2016 Research

Hydrogel that fills sharks’ electrosensing pores has the highest reported proton conductivity for a biological material

Adenine and guanine synthesised using prebiotic pathway

13 May 2016 Research

Two of the nucleotide bases that make up genetic material have been formed in early Earth simulation experiments

Designer rhodium catalyst targets selected C–H bonds

12 May 2016 Research

Catalyst’s carbene pocket shows a preference for specific links without needing a directing group

Dissolving bone to ease pain

11 May 2016 Research

Using chemistry to treat and prevent abnormal bone growths in military amputees

‘Plastic antibodies’ in deodorant to fight body odour

11 May 2016 Research

Team working with L'Oréal create polymer that can capture specific compounds in sweat that bacteria turn into nasty niffs

Protein crystals stretch knowledge of exotic materials

10 May 2016 Research

Self-assembling protein tiles show rare property of thickening by the same amount as they are stretched by

All-metal sandwich inspires a theoretical following

9 May 2016 Research

Recently discovered [Sb3Au3Sb3]3– has multiple groups hunting for answers

Rechargeable first for promising battery tech

6 May 2016 Research

New cathode material makes for energetic, rechargeable sodium–carbon dioxide batteries that could power Mars vehicles

Smallest ever molecular thermometers made from DNA

5 May 2016 Research

Tiny fragments of DNA combined with fluorescent probes can be used to take temperature at the nanoscale

Chemists tinker with chemical encryption to create molecule-size Enigma machine

5 May 2016 Research

Fluorescent sensor can be used to conceal hidden messages

Iron-rich silicate plays cosmic matchmaker

4 May 2016 Research

Findings could help explain abundance of molecular hydrogen in interstellar space

Sunset for perovskites?

4 May 2016 Research

Calculations cast shadow over solar cell materials

AFM study could prompt surface catalysis rethink

4 May 2016 Research

Intermediates predicted by theory don’t match those seen under the microscope