De-icing surfaces by making frost jump

Many of us have first-hand experience with how hard it can be to get ice off things when you can’t melt it. Researchers have used the electrostatic charge in ice to make it jump, creating a new avenue for de-icing in the future.

Engineering dicarboxylic acid production

Article Title: One-pot biocatalytic route from cycloalkanes to α,ω‐dicarboxylic acids by designed Escherichia coli consortiaAuthors: Wang, F.; Zhao, J.; Li, Q. et al.Journal: Nat. Commun.Year: 2021DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18833-7 Many common household items such as adhesives, perfumes, and antibiotics are constructed from simple, industrially produced chemical precursors. Production…

EFFICIENT CHEMISTRY BEHIND THE OLED SCREENS

OLEDs are earth-friendly, energy-efficient, all while being ultra-thin, flexible, and lightweight. They are the future of ultra-efficient lighting. Researchers are now coming up with new techniques to fabricate such sustainable and efficient OLEDs.

Engineering more effective antibiotics

As antibiotic resistance becomes a prevalent issue, new forms of drug delivery are vital. Researchers have created a drug delivery system that can encapsulate antibiotics and respond to differences in pH.

Feeling Floral: Using Flowers as Sustainable Catalysts

Catalysts can make reactions more efficient and less wasteful, but some metals catalysts are toxic and can cause environmental damage. Researchers have found an alternative catalyst made from the flowers of St John’s Wort and are using it to make chemistry more eco-friendly.

New Technology to Control Living Therapeutics with Drugs

Genetically-engineered cell therapies are poised to become some of the most potent weapons in our arsenal against cancer and immunological diseases. However, significant toxicity is sometimes associated with these therapies due to uncontrolled proliferation and activation of these cells. To address this, Jan and colleagues developed a chemical strategy whereby an FDA-approved drug could be used to control the activity of these cells, opening the door for a new generation of safer and more controllable cell-based therapies.

Antibiotics in our food?

Antibiotics are all something we have all taken at one point or another – but how many of us wonder about what happens to those antibiotics next? When we stop and think about it, we might start to realise how our actions are unintentionally impacting the environment around us.

How God views Chemistry is ultra cool!

The world which we perceive is governed by the laws of classical mechanics. Whereas when we bring down the temperature conditions of a reaction to the ultracold regime, we start appreciating the reactions’ true nature.