Chemical sensor holds key to finding pollutants

ChemSci Pick of the Week – A simple, inexpensive molecule can be used as a luminescent sensor, which goes dark in the presence of specific metal ions. This could lead to significant improvements in the way we detect pollutants.

Searching for clues to the origins of life

ChemSci Pick of the Week – How did life evolve? How did simple elements and compounds transform into living, breathing organisms? It’s a question that John Sutherland and his team at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology are trying to answer, by delving into the field of research known as prebiotic chemistry.

Supercooling: not super cool?

ChemSci Pick of the Week – Scientists in Japan have made advances in the way we study functional molecular liquids – materials that are integral to the design of flexible electronics and wearable tech.

Caging greenhouse gases

ChemSci Pick of the Week – Porous materials could be used in everything from drug delivery to capturing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. A new study looks at how to make these materials even more efficient, bringing them one step closer to practical use.

A molecular braid

ChemSci Pick of the Week – An international team of chemists have come up with a new way of mechanically linking two large molecules. This forms part of the discipline known as supramolecular chemistry, where large molecules can be assembled in unusual ways to make ‘molecular machines’.

Shining a light on liver disease

ChemSci Pick of the Week – A new type of luminescent molecule, extracted from plants, could be used to diagnose diseases of the liver.

Targeting tumours

ChemSci Pick of the Week – Scientists in China have carried out a proof-of-concept study for an intelligent drug delivery system that could target tumours with unprecedented accuracy.

If you’re part of the solution, are you part of the problem?

ChemSci Pick of the Week – A team of scientists have investigated new methods for assembling large molecules in water. This research could enable the design of large structures such as artificial cell membranes, which could ultimately be used to create synthetic organs for medical use.

Novel early diagnostic method for lung cancer

Under the Covers – Professor Haijia Su from Beijing University of Chemical Technology explains how a character from Chinese folklore helped her research group to come up with an intricate Soft Matter cover design.

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