Our bones have the ability to heal themselves when exposed to mechanical stresses by forming new polymeric material, so what's stopping scientists from doing the same synthetically?
Title: Electrocatalytic Activity of Individual Pt Nanoparticles Studied by Nanoscale Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy Authors: Jiyeon Kim, Christophe Renault, Nikoloz Nioradze, Netzahualcóyotl Arroyo-Currás, Kevin C. Leonard, and Allen J. Bard* Publication Info: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (27), pp 8560–8568 DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b03980 The mere mention of the word “nanoparticle” elicits awe and excitement in people... Continue Reading →
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.
Title: Electrocatalytically Active Graphene–Porphyrin MOF Composite for Oxygen Reduction Reaction DOI: 10.1021/ja211433h Author: Maryam Jahan, Qiaoliang Bao, and Kian Ping Loh Journal: Journal of the American Chemical Society Affiliation: Graphene Research Centre, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore Take-home Importance According to the Authors: By reacting the pyridine-functionalized graphene with iron–porphyrin, a graphene–metalloporphyrin MOF with enhanced catalytic activity for... Continue Reading →
Chemists have limited time to do chemistry because, shockingly, they need to eat, sleep, even socialize.... but computers on the other hand...
Title: Anisotropic Organization and Microscopic Manipulation of Self-Assembling Synthetic Porphyrin Microrods That Mimic Chlorosomes: Bacterial Light-Harvesting Systems Journal of the American Chemical Society Authors: Chappaz-Gillot, C., Marek, P. L., Blaive, B. J., Canard, G., Bürck, J., Garab, G., Hahn, H., Jávorfi, T., Kelemen, L., Krupke, R., Mössinger, D., Ormos, P., Reddy, C. M., Roussel, C., Steinbach, G., Szabó,... Continue Reading →
Title: Continuous in situ generation and reaction of phosgene in a microflow system Authors: Shinichiro Fuse, Nobutake Tanabe, and Takashi Takahashi* Journal: Chemical Communications Affiliation: Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. Take-Home Importance according to the Authors: Continuous in situ generation of phosgene and its use in acid chloride formation in... Continue Reading →