Finding ways to create order is a common theme in science. Here researchers are trying to carefully arrange chromophores in order to create better solar cells (among other potential uses). In particular, these chemists are trying to make porphyrins stand up on a surface creating stacks of porphyrins that are a well defined distance from each other and from the surface they are attached to.
Here the authors describe all of the consumer products that are utterly and completely chemical-free. I hate to ruin the surprise, but their aren’t any.
This study further supports a connection between acid deposition and forest decline. The authors state, “Continued vigilance in the control of acid rain precursors will be needed to correct these problems, and aggressive options to reduce pollution in rapidly industrializing regions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa are warranted.”
Click chemistry, a term used to describe a number of high yield reactions, is used far and wide by chemists. The azide alkyne Huisgen cycloaddition typifies click chemistry and awhile back, I described it as my favorite reaction.
I found the results of the recent Astrobites graduate student life survey fascinating. Please take some time to read through the Astrobites article summarizing the results.
A recent email has caused quite a buzz in the astronomy community. The email pertains to the expectations placed on graduate students. We are reminded that similar letters have been written in the chemistry community – see this post on Chemistry Blog. Our friends over at Astrobites are conducting a survey to look at what …
If you are thinking about applying to graduate school it is time to start on your applications! Please check out last year’s post for some helpful tips, including links to some very helpful and thorough articles – https://chembites.org/2011/09/29/applying-to-grad-school/ Good luck to everyone applying this year!