Beautiful colors are all around us in nature. But how do we recreate all these colors in the lab without complicated dyes and pigments? Let’s learn about a new way to observe colors using only light and tiny droplets!
Want to light up Niagara Falls for St. Patrick’s Day? Green LEDs, the most efficient source of light, aren’t easy to make – but new perovskite materials may change that.
Folding a paper maybe easy, but folding a molecule is much more complicated. Yet, our mother nature is filled with such complicated chemistry. This article will explore scientists’ attempt to develop new folded molecules, not with many sophisticated molecules but simply with a single building block!
Learn about a new discovery that can convert carbon dioxide to solid carbon in an energy efficient reaction!
This work has shown how to control the growth of a single facet in a material by employing a highly ordered metal-organic framework such as ZIF-67 to increase the desired reactivity, selectivity and longevity of that material.
A group from Maryland University developed a fabric that can be used to regulate heat exchange with the environment.
Psilocybin is notorious for its use as a hallucinogenic drug but is currently gaining terrain in the therapeutic field. Parts of its biosynthesis have remained elusive, however. Learn how labs at MIT are using enzymology to uncover them.
Black phosphorus is an exciting new material to study for it’s potential use in electronics. Take a look at this work unravelling the properties of black phosphorus.
This new pH test can measure pH at extremely acidic and alkaline environments, expanding the range of traditional litmus test strips.
Researchers tailored the self-assembled nanostructures from polypeptides with accurate control depending on solvent polarity.
Featured Image: Micrograph of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Courtesy: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Title: Mechanical Properties and Concentrations of Poly(ethylene glycol) in Hydrogels and Brushes Direct the Surface Transport of Staphylococcus aureus Authors: K. W. Kolewe, S. Kalasin, M. Shave, J. D. Schiffman,…
What happens if an airplane flies through a hailstorm – or a construction worker is hit by falling debris? Protective equipment that can safely dissipate impacts can save lives. Lace-like structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) might be a surprising new material for just this.
In this technological era, wearable health monitoring devices have seen a significant uptick in recent years. The use of such devices is important in the detection of existing conditions, identifying markers that may indicate an increased risk for certain conditions, or performance monitoring in sports. In…
Computation could offer valuable insights to chemistry. But how do chemists ensure the simulations are valid and realistic? This chembite will give you a roadmap of chemical simulations!
Reductive amination is the to-go method to make diverse amines we learn in undergraduate chemistry, but it has its set of limitations. Learn how researchers are trying to address these challenges and make the reaction greener through the power of protein enzymes.
Here we discuss a new device that can be implanted in the body to absorb excess drugs. This is especially important to prevent the spread of chemotherapy to all parts of the body, which will reduce side effects.
Researchers developed materials which organize reversibly to form ordered structure that can be used to distinguish between neural cells possibly opening up a new door for treatment of brain diseases.
Ice in winter can be dangerous – but current deicing technology focuses on removing ice, not preventing it. Could coatings of tiny particles that both repel and attract water zap ice before it even forms?
Bridging the gap between laboratory scale breakthroughs and commercial production is often challenging. Find out how researchers are taking steps to making high-efficiency and inexpensive perovskite solar cells with mass production roll-to-roll printing techniques.
Some pollutants that are lethal to humans can actually be a food source for some bacteria. Thus, bioremediation may hold the key to reducing hazardous chemicals in our environment. We may just have to figure out which bacteria to use.
Researchers have developed a method for localized treatment of bacterial infection using a site-activated antibiotic.
Microbial systems can be a great way to make complicated products that are useful to humans. However, because the pathways to make these products involve multiple steps and can be very complex, sometimes it’s just too difficult for one species to accomplish on its own. But working as a team with another species of microbe can have its own problems. How can researchers decide which way is best?
How do scientists fight back against drug resistance? Today’s Chembite focuses on promising developments with antibiotics using “trojan horse” tactics to trick bacteria!