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Duality of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in Cancer Therapy

Title: Duality of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in Cancer Therapy: Amplification of Heating Efficiency by Magnetic Hyperthermia and Photothermal Bimodal Treatment Authors: Ana Espinosa, Riccardo Di Corato, Jelena Kolosnjaj-Tabi, Patrice Flaud, Teresa Pellegrino, and Claire Wilhelm DOI 10.1021/acsnano.5b07249 By: Ehsan Moaseri – Behzad Changalvaie In our previous…

Patterning World Flags and More with DNA

Using similar principles to those that guide embryos in early development to form different organs and tissues, this research could lead to artificial objects that are capable of patterning themselves into many different complex structures.

Can adding calcium help forests?

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.”

The survey results are in…

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 Discussion about Graduate Student Life

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…

It is that time of year again…….

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 – Good luck to everyone applying this year!

Electrocatalytically Active Graphene–Porphyrin MOF Composite for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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…

Update to “Women and Named Reactions”

    Accounts of Chemical Research recently published some additions and corrections to their article “Named Reactions Discovered and Developed by Women.”  They were informed of another reaction unambiguously named for a woman – the Catellani reaction.  Prof. Marta Catellani of the University of Parma reported…

CO2 Reduction on Tin Electrodes and Enhanced Activity for Tin/Tin Oxide Thin-Film Catalysts

Title:  Tin Oxide Dependence of the CO2 Reduction Efficiency on Tin Electrodes and Enhanced Catalytic Activity for Tin/Tin-Oxide Thin Film Catalyst DOI:  10.1021/ja2108799 Author:  Yihong Chen and Matthew W. Kanan Journal:  Journal of the American Chemical Society Affiliation:  Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United…

The Computer Chemist

Chemists have limited time to do chemistry because, shockingly, they need to eat, sleep, even socialize…. but computers on the other hand…

Thinking about summer? Think about an REU!

I really can’t praise REU programs enough. You get paid (most programs give a stipend and pay for housing) for an amazing experience, both in terms of the research and the chance to travel to really interesting parts of the US and the world. And remember, if you are applying to grad school, undergraduate research is a necessity, so take advantage of these wonderful programs!

Applying to Grad School

Where should I apply?  What are my chances of getting accepted?  When are the applications due?  How much do they cost?  What application should I work on first?  Who should I get to write my letters of recommendation?  Is grad school even right for me?  I…

Al catalyst for synthesis of biodegradable polymers

Title: Highly Efficient Aluminum-Catalyzed Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Carbonates, Lactones, and Lactides, Including a Unique Crystallographic Snapshot of an Intermediate  Authors: Jurgen Koller and Robert Bergman Journal: Organometallics Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley Snapshot of Catalysis: The crystal structures of the pre-catalyst (left),…