Measuring Pollutants in Urban River Sediments

Title: Organophosphate Diesters in Urban River Sediment from SouthChina: Call for More Research on Their Occurrence and Fate in FieldEnvironment Authors: Chan Liang, Bo Peng, Gao-Ling Wei, Yanyan Gong, Guoqiang Liu, Lixi Zeng, Liang-Ying Liu, and Eddy Y. Zeng Journal: ACS EST Water 2021, 1, 4, 871–880 Organophosphate triesters are used as flame retardants, as well as…

Drying droplets could have been compartments during the origin of life

Primary source information: Title: Impact of wet-dry cycling on the phase behavior and compartmentalization properties of complex coacervates Authors: Hadi M. Fares, Alexander E. Marras, Jeffrey M. Ting, Matthew V. Tirrell, and Christine D. Keating. Journal: Nat Commun 11, 5423 (2020) Think about combining oil and…

Are there more chemicals in e-liquid than what’s listed on the cartridge?

Usually e-liquid has 4 ingredients listed – propylene glycol, glycerol, nicotine, and flavoring. However, the ingredients at the time of manufacturing do not necessarily reflect what you inhale in the aerosol. The ingredients can degrade to aldehyde products, which are highly reactive and may cause toxic outcomes for our cells.

Intimidated by a paper title?

Sometimes we see a paper heading and freak out, put the paper away and never return to it. But don’t worry if that’s the case, we’ve got you…

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…


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.