Chemistry in the News
Working backward: Computer-aided design of zeolite templates
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:20:20 EDT
Taking a page from computer-aided drug designers, researchers have developed a computational method that chemists can use to tailor the properties of zeolites, one of the world's most-used industrial minerals. The method allows chemists to work backward by first considering the type of zeolite they wish to make and then creating the organic template needed to produce it.
'Chemical architects' build materials with potential applications in drug delivery and gas storage
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:23:23 EDT
Home remodelers understand the concept of improving original foundations with more modern elements. Using this same approach -- but with chemistry -- researchers have now designed a family of materials that could make drug delivery, gas storage, and gas transport more efficient and at a lower cost.
Artificial bone: Designing synthetic materials and quickly turning the design into reality with 3-D printing
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:23:23 EDT
Researchers have developed a new method to design synthetic materials and quickly turn the design into reality using computer optimization and 3-D printing.
Efficient and inexpensive: Researchers develop catalyst material for fuel cells
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:12:12 EDT
Efficient, robust and economic catalyst materials hold the key to achieving a breakthrough in fuel cell technology. Scientists have developed a material for converting hydrogen and oxygen to water using a tenth of the typical amount of platinum that was previously required. With the aid of state-of-the-art electron microscopy, the researchers discovered that the function of the nanometre-scale catalyst particles is decisively determined by their geometric shape and atomic structure.
Coatings could help medical implants function better
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:06:06 EDT
Researchers have been working on the customized synthesis of biocompatible polymers that can coat sensors that are then implanted into the body to cloak them from the immune system.