A new look at proteins in living cells
(Phys.org)—Proteins adorning the surfaces of human cells perform an array of essential functions, including cell signaling, communication and the transport of vital substances into and out of cells. They ...
Success in preparing and isolating a heavy ketone paves the way for synthesizing novel catalysts
The carbon–oxygen (C=O) double bond is an important chemical motif, particularly in compounds called ketones. Chemists expect that substituting the carbon for a heavier atom would produce 'heavy ketones', ...
Molecule reorganises itself for new functions
(Phys.org) -- The discovery of a synthetic molecule, made up of 60 simple components that are able to reorganise themselves to produce new functions, will lead to better understanding of nature's processes.
Speeding the search for better carbon capture
(Phys.org) -- A computer model that can identify the best molecular candidates for removing carbon dioxide, molecular nitrogen and other greenhouse gases from power plant flues has been developed by researchers ...
Inspired by genetics, chemistry finally takes hold of its own code
Nature proves every day that it is both complex and efficient. Organic chemists are envious of it; their conventional tools confine them to simpler achievements. Thanks to the work of professor Stefan Matile's team from the ...
Graphene's behavior depends on where it sits
When you look at a gift-wrapped present, the basic properties of the wrapping paper say, its colors and texture are not generally changed by the nature of the gift inside.
Study looks to separate side effects from antibiotic activity
(Phys.org) -- A new project is investigating whether altering the production of an antibiotic will remove side effects preventing it being used clinically to battle drug-resistant superbugs.
New hybrid material simplifies organic transistor design
Researchers explain how dye-based nanotubes can help harvest light's energy
Companies that make commercial solar cells are happy if they can achieve 20 percent efficiency when converting sunlight to electricity; an improvement of even 1 percent is seen as major progress. But nature, ...
Research sheds new light on kinky DNA
(Phys.org) -- A breakthrough in DNA research from the University of Reading could be used to devise new therapeutic treatments for cancer.
Rare-earth half-sandwiches prove rewarding
The chemical frameworks of natural productsmolecules generated by biological organismshave inspired many of todays most potent pharmaceuticals. But the complexity of these compounds ...
Discovery could lead to greener ways of making drugs
(Phys.org) -- Discoveries made during PhD studies by Victoria University graduate Emma Dangerfield could revolutionise the pharmaceutical industry, by allowing drugs to be made in a more environmentally friendly way.
Self-assembling highly conductive plastic nanofibers
Researchers from CNRS and the Université de Strasbourg, headed by Nicolas Giuseppone and Bernard Doudin, have succeeded in making highly conductive plastic fibers that are only several nanometers thick. ...
Researchers pioneer molecular catalyser
Scientists in Sweden have developed a molecular catalyser with the ability to quickly oxidise water to oxygen. Presented in the journal Nature Chemistry, the results are a significant contribution to the future ...