This Week in Chemistry – Texas chemical plant fires, and molecular motors that drill holes in cells

17-09-03 This Week in Chemistry

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on fires at a Texas chemical plant as a consequence of flooding after Hurricane Harvey, a new technique which uses gold nanoparticles to detect ultra-small amounts of DNA, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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. Asterisked studies are free but require logging in to read. 


Featured Stories

Fires at Texas chemical plant due to flooding: [Article]

Molecular motors drill holes in cell membranes: [Article] [Study]

Dysprosium-based single molecule magnet breaks record: [Article] [Study]

Golden nanoparticles help detect ultra-small amounts of DNA: [Article] [Study (£)]

A new absolute acidity scale for solvents: [Article] [Study]


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