Using Polymer Coatings to Change how Bacteria Move

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,…

Is Sweat Up To Batt?: Sweat as a Power Source for Screening

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…

The Roadmap to Polymer Modelling

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!

Improving known chemistry through biocatalysis

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.

Newspaper reel printing of perovskite solar cells

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.

Using microbes to make natural products

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?

Unlocking the full potential of graphene

Graphene: the thinnest, strongest and most flexible material on earth. When it was first discovered in 2004 we were promised technology like solar cells, flexible electronics, superconductors and faster semiconductors. But it’s now nearly 15 years since the discovery of graphene, and it hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype. Recently, researchers discovered the key to unlocking graphene’s full potential.

New Insights on The Elusive Protein Sulfinylation

Proteins bear a staggering collection of small chemical modifications that have large effects on their function. This research provides an elegant method to study cysteine sulfinylation, a chemical mark that has proven to be pretty elusive.

Stay young with Zinc!

We might have heard that antioxidants are good for our health. They help us to fight against oxidizing agents in our body and help us to stay young!
Recently, researchers have made a new breakthrough to help us fight against the oxides even with the inactive zinc!