Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features how solar cells could be turned into wearable chargers, an adhesive inspired by geckos, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.
Note: links to studies behind a journal paywall are indicated with (£). Studies without this symbol are open access, and can be accessed and read for free.
Solar cell threads could lead to wearable chargers: [Article] [Study (£)]
Methadone forms carcinogen in drinking water: [Article] [Study (£)]
Graphene-based light-powered propulsion possible: [Article] [Study]
Geckos inspire a new microfluidic adhesive: [Article] [Study (£)]
Semiconductor chips and batteries made from trees: [Article 1] [Study 1] [Article 2] [Study 2]
Other Stories This Week
Expanding the genetic alphabet with two new nucleotides: [Article] [Study (£)]
Record-breaking alloy deforms & springs back into shape: [Article] [Study (£)]
Researchers create synthetic spider silk: [Article] [Study (£)]
Engineering E Coli to make new antibiotics: [Article] [Study]
Completely inorganic aromatic ion synthesised: [Article] [Study (£)]
Molecule stalls transcription under stress: [Article] [Study]
Key reaction in sodium-air batteries uncovered: [Article] [Study (£)]
Effects of halocarbons on ozone without Montreal Protocol modelled: [Article] [Study]
First ultraviolet quantum dots: [Article] [Study (£)]
Laser light can alter the properties of graphene: [Article] [Study (£)]
Ionic liquid maintains conductivity at low temperatures: [Article] [Study]
Photochemical method for separating europium & yttrium: [Article] [Study (£)]
Vine compound could act as anti-obesity drug: [Article] [Study (£)]
Crystallographic technique determines chirality where other methods failed: [Article] [Study]
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