Chemistry

Chemical and biological systems have long been of interest to researchers in the field of molecular computing. The Institute for Molecules and Materials at Radboud University, Netherlands, recently conducted a study that demonstrated the capabilities of a complex self-organizing chemical reaction network to perform various computational tasks. Led by Prof. Wilhelm Huck, the research team
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Antibiotics have been a crucial tool in fighting bacterial infections for decades. However, with the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, there is a constant need to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ones. Professor Nathaniel Martin, an expert in biological chemistry, set out to enhance the effectiveness of an antibiotic called bacitracin using cutting-edge techniques in
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Transition metal phosphides have long been considered a promising alternative to noble metal catalysts due to their cost-effectiveness and abundance. However, challenges such as surface oxidation and complex synthesis processes have hindered their widespread adoption. Dr. Constanze Neumann, a leading researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, and her team have made significant strides in addressing
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Solar energy has been gaining momentum as the fastest growing renewable energy source in the United States, fueled by advancements in technology that enhance the conversion of solar light into electricity. However, researchers are also looking at harnessing light for chemical reactions. The chemical industry plays a critical role in producing everyday consumer and industrial
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The integration of small synthetic molecules inside protein crystals has emerged as a promising method for studying intermediate compounds formed during chemical reactions. Researchers from Tokyo Tech have successfully visualized reaction dynamics and rapid structural changes by employing this innovative approach with time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography. Their findings, published in Nature Communications, signify a significant
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A groundbreaking study conducted by a team of researchers from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, and Chonnam National University has led to the development of a revolutionary technique for separating well-mixed mixtures. Led by Professor Jee-hoon Han from the Department of Chemical Engineering at POSTECH, the
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Proteins have long been essential in various biological processes, from muscle contraction to immune response. However, the process of engineering better proteins, such as antibodies, has been tedious and expensive. Scientists have traditionally relied on iterative mutation of amino acids to enhance protein function. This approach involves testing millions of different sequences to find the
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In a world where environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly crucial, the field of chemistry is also undergoing a transformation towards greener practices. Chemists from Yokohama National University have recently made a groundbreaking discovery that could revolutionize the way chemical reactions are conducted, paving the way for a more eco-friendly future. The Need for Green Chemistry
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Ice has long been considered a key player in the development of life on Earth. The way in which organic molecules can be trapped within ice crystal lattice structures has led scientists to believe that concentration of these compounds could have contributed to the emergence of life. However, traditional methods of studying organic molecules in
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