This Week in Chemistry 28-09-14

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Trialling a new potential feature on the site today, with the first ‘This Week In Chemistry’ post. You’ve probably spotted the various ‘This Week In Science’ posts that crop up elsewhere online – I thought it’d be nice to have one of those, but specifically for chemistry! Links to both articles and studies on the featured stories are given below, along with a few stories that didn’t quite make the graphic.

I’m hoping to make this a regular feature on the site, so let me know what you think, along with any suggestions, in the comments below. If you’re an email subscriber to the site, it’d also be great to hear if you want to see more of the ‘This Week in Chemistry’ posts here regularly. I’m hoping to use the twitter hashtag #TWIChem to canvas suggestions for stories to include from week to week, with the aim being to have it as a feature every Sunday.

Links to Featured Stories

Branched-chain carbon molecules found in space: [Article] [Study]

Chemistry may aid earthquake predictions: [Article] [Study]

Diamond-like nanothreads formed from benzene: [Article] [Study]

Perovskite solar cells used to split water: [Article] [Study]

Turmeric may boost brain stem cell regeneration: [Article] [Study]

Notable Mentions

A technique to use single-walled carbon nanotubes for selective, targeted imaging of ovarian tumours has been developed, which could improve the non-invasive detection of small, deep tumours: [Study]

Chemists created a compound containing chemical bond between a super-heavy element, in this case seaborgium, and carbon for the first time. The compound, seaborgium hexacarbonyl, was stable for around ten seconds, and its measured properties were in agreement with prior theoretical calculations (which assumed relativistic effects). Note this article is actually from 19th September, but since this feature wasn’t running last week, it seemed to interesting not to include!: [Article] [Study]

Atomistic computer simulations have shown that the amino acid glycine can form from a mixture of simple molecules when an electric field is applied, and added weight to the suggestion that this could have been a process via which complex biological molecules could have originally formed on Earth: [Article] [Study]

Thanks for help with article inclusion suggestions this week goes to @stuartcantrill & @narf42. See an article during the week you think should be included in next week’s edition? Use the #TWIChem hashtag on Twitter!

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