Author: Ben Aucott
I got my MChem from the University of Oxford and started a PhD at the University of York in 2014. My work involves making and studying metal carbonyl complexes that may have therapeutic effects. I enjoy writing about a wide variety of chemistry topics and share my enthusiasm with as many people as possible!

Designer Enzymes

Enzymes are nature’s catalysts. But there are not enough enzymes for all the reactions in the world! How do chemists design enzymes? Let’s take a look!


Can Chemists Cure the Common Cold?

Although getting the common cold is not a nice experience, it is only a relatively minor misfortune for most people. But the consqeuences of a cold can be severe. This paper describes a significant step towards a cure!


How do you stick hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules to each other?

We know that complementary functional groups are needed for strong intermolecular interactions, and that thermodynamics favours hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups each keeping themselves to themselves. So, problems can arise when trying to react very hydrophilic and very hydrophobic molecules together. This group of scientists has devised a way around the problem using a technique called solid-phase synthesis.


The Frustrations of Dihydrogen Activation

Dihydrogen stores a lot of energy. How can we control the release of energy so we can use dihydrogen as a fuel of the future? A little frustration can help.


Carbon Monoxide: Future Therapeutic?

Carbon monoxide is probably one of the last things you would expect to see touted as a new therapeutic. How could this compound be used in medicine?