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Movers And Shakers

The individuals, companies, and organizations that are shaping chemistry and the chemical sciences

Merck scientist merges chemistry and biology to find better drugs

Merck scientist merges chemistry and biology to find better drugs

Olugbeminiyi Fadeyi leads an interdisciplinary team to solve fundamental biological questions
October 17, 2020
Data integrity specialist worked to keep published images honest at ASBMB

Data integrity specialist worked to keep published images honest at ASBMB

Kaoru Sakabe describes how her former group combs through images for signs of manipulation before publication
September 15, 2020
Jaime Irick, a PPG executive, on the chemical industry’s response to racism and discrimination

Jaime Irick, a PPG executive, on the chemical industry’s response to racism and discrimination

Head of the firm’s US and Canada architectural coatings division argues for clear direction from the top
September 12, 2020
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Chemist Nancy Goroff is moving from research to policy

Chemist Nancy Goroff is moving from research to policy

The Stony Brook professor is winding down her lab and running for Congress in New York’s first district
September 4, 2020
Ainissa Ramirez discusses how society and technology interact

Ainissa Ramirez discusses how society and technology interact

Author of The Alchemy of Us explains how she approached telling stories about invention
August 29, 2020
Zhenan Bao makes stretchable electronics for artificial skin

Zhenan Bao makes stretchable electronics for artificial skin

Stanford professor envisions semiconducting polymers with integrated sensors to coat robots or prostheses
August 18, 2020
Jesús Estrada, Merck chemist, on forging a career in science as an undocumented immigrant

Jesús Estrada, Merck chemist, on forging a career in science as an undocumented immigrant

The scientist opens up about his career path and the ongoing fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences
July 28, 2020
Obstetrician-gynecologist Catherine Chappell wants more drugs studied in pregnant women

Obstetrician-gynecologist Catherine Chappell wants more drugs studied in pregnant women

Keeping pregnant women out of clinical trials protects them from harm, but it also keeps them from better care, she says
July 18, 2020
UN human rights specialist Baskut Tuncak weighs risks of workplace hazards and chemical pollution

UN human rights specialist Baskut Tuncak weighs risks of workplace hazards and chemical pollution

A chemist and lawyer, he has investigated the effects of chemical exposure across the globe
July 13, 2020
Tomohiro Fujita wants to help Japan reach its potential in biotechnology

Tomohiro Fujita wants to help Japan reach its potential in biotechnology

The country has failed to fully harness its traditional strengths in fermentation, the CEO of Chitose Group says
July 6, 2020
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Former US Chemical Safety Board member Kristen Kulinowski reflects on her term

Former US Chemical Safety Board member Kristen Kulinowski reflects on her term

She is ‘bullish’ on the board’s future despite history of turmoil
June 21, 2020
Geologist studies cast-off clamshells to understand how they create a snapshot of the past

Geologist studies cast-off clamshells to understand how they create a snapshot of the past

University of Chicago’s Susan Kidwell discusses how she uses calcium carbonate to understand life and death on the seafloor
June 13, 2020
Industrial chemist Alessandro Agosti says quality products come from controlled, safe processes

Industrial chemist Alessandro Agosti says quality products come from controlled, safe processes

His team at Olon works to incorporate safety from the start of process design
June 2, 2020
Chemist-turned-intelligence expert Rod Schoonover on climate change and COVID-19

Chemist-turned-intelligence expert Rod Schoonover on climate change and COVID-19

He resigned from the State Department after the White House withheld his science-based testimony from Congress
May 31, 2020
Tracking air quality in the Arctic atmosphere

Tracking air quality in the Arctic atmosphere

University of Michigan chemist Kerri Pratt and her team study climate-critical reactions with mass spectrometry
May 19, 2020
To improve safety, Camille Peres couples psychology to process design

To improve safety, Camille Peres couples psychology to process design

People are too complicated for one-size-fits-all communication, she says
April 14, 2020
Wilma Subra: An unstoppable pioneer in environmental chemistry and community advocacy

Wilma Subra: An unstoppable pioneer in environmental chemistry and community advocacy

Venerated in industrial fence-line communities, Wilma Subra covers the nation from New Iberia, Louisiana
January 17, 2020
Carbon is C&EN’s Company of the Year for 2019

Carbon is C&EN’s Company of the Year for 2019

The company is helping to bring 3-D printing from the design studio to the manufacturing floor
January 3, 2020
So you want to make a personalized drug? This company has got your back

So you want to make a personalized drug? This company has got your back

Charles River Laboratories is rapidly testing the safety of several N-of-1 therapies. More are on the way
December 12, 2019
Cabot Microelectronics’ David Li has a plan for surviving in electronic materials

Cabot Microelectronics’ David Li has a plan for surviving in electronic materials

CEO says the purchase of KMG was a first step to staying independent in a consolidating business
December 1, 2019
Noni Byrnes wants to bring more transparency to grant review at the NIH

Noni Byrnes wants to bring more transparency to grant review at the NIH

Byrnes uses her analytical chemistry background to make sure the peer review system is fair and open
November 24, 2019
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How chemistry Nobelist Akira Yoshino bucked conventional wisdom to develop the lithium-ion battery

How chemistry Nobelist Akira Yoshino bucked conventional wisdom to develop the lithium-ion battery

Japanese researcher says his place outside the battery industry was key to a breakthrough in conceiving the battery’s anode
November 17, 2019
Tinctorium cofounder Tammy Hsu wants to use bacteria to dye blue jeans

Tinctorium cofounder Tammy Hsu wants to use bacteria to dye blue jeans

The entrepreneur explains how engineered bacteria can make indigo synthesis and dyeing more ecofriendly
November 10, 2019
To find rapists, Candice Bridge examines what condoms leave behind

To find rapists, Candice Bridge examines what condoms leave behind

The forensic scientist is cataloging lubricants as a way to identify sexual predators
October 20, 2019
Getty Conservation Institute creates a library of plastics to help conservators protect plastic art

Getty Conservation Institute creates a library of plastics to help conservators protect plastic art

Materials scientist Odile Madden leads a team studying how to stop degradation in museums
October 6, 2019
How a Santa Cruz toxicologist helped push through a ban on lead ammunition in California

How a Santa Cruz toxicologist helped push through a ban on lead ammunition in California

Having linked the ammunition to condor poisonings, Myra Finkelstein is now turning her attention to other toxic threats for birds
September 29, 2019
At chemical maker Nouryon, the transformation begins

At chemical maker Nouryon, the transformation begins

Former AkzoNobel business eyes billion-dollar acquisitions, expansions, and divestments
September 23, 2019
Meet the group providing science and technology information to the US Congress

Meet the group providing science and technology information to the US Congress

The Government Accountability Office aims to improve quality, timeliness of reports on emerging disruptive technologies
September 17, 2019
The redemption of James Wilson, gene therapy pioneer

The redemption of James Wilson, gene therapy pioneer

On Sept. 17, 1999, Jesse Gelsinger died after receiving an experimental gene therapy from James Wilson’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania. That tragedy waylaid Wilson’s career and almost shut down the whole field. Wilson and his team put their heads down and spent the next decade searching for safer gene therapies. Today, his lab’s $70 million annual budget and bevy of biotech partnerships are fueling the gene therapy explosion.

The resurgence was never a sure thing.
Here’s how it happened.
September 12, 2019
3M’s chief sustainability officer, Gayle Schueller, on how her company is embracing the circular economy

3M’s chief sustainability officer, Gayle Schueller, on how her company is embracing the circular economy

Known for innovative products, 3M is now increasing its commitment to waste prevention and recycling
August 25, 2019
Environmental engineer Lupita Montoya scrutinizes air quality inside nail salons

Environmental engineer Lupita Montoya scrutinizes air quality inside nail salons

The University of Colorado Boulder researcher poses artful solution to nail salons’ indoor air pollution
August 11, 2019
Genentech’s R&D chief Michael Varney on the future of drug discovery

Genentech’s R&D chief Michael Varney on the future of drug discovery

The research head weighs in on difficult targets, neuroscience, and the role of AI in medicine
July 30, 2019
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Protein wrangler, serial entrepreneur, and community builder: Inside David Baker’s brain

Protein wrangler, serial entrepreneur, and community builder: Inside David Baker’s brain

Institute for Protein Design leader believes success lies in building a team and research community interconnected like a nerve center
July 23, 2019
One chemical company’s vision of the future

One chemical company’s vision of the future

Evonik seeks to reshape itself to create the next big thing
July 14, 2019
This environmental chemist says you might want to clean your cell phone more regularly

This environmental chemist says you might want to clean your cell phone more regularly

The University of Toronto’s Miriam Diamond has tracked how our hands move contaminants around in our indoor environment
July 3, 2019
Entrepreneurial chemist wants to reduce the environmental impact of detergents

Entrepreneurial chemist wants to reduce the environmental impact of detergents

Christoph Krumm cofounded Sironix Renewables to bring to market biobased surfactants that, unlike conventional ones, maintain their cleaning power in hard water
June 22, 2019
Kit Chapman tells stories of the superheavy elements

Kit Chapman tells stories of the superheavy elements

The science journalist’s new book explores the people and places at the edge of the periodic table
June 9, 2019
Former senator Jeff Flake applies his core values to drug prices, China, and the environment

Former senator Jeff Flake applies his core values to drug prices, China, and the environment

The Arizona conservative echoed the views of chemical executives during a visit to a conference in Chicago
May 26, 2019
How the NIH is building its own diversity

How the NIH is building its own diversity

New initiative aims to bring more women and underrepresented minority scientists to the US agency’s Intramural Research Program
May 18, 2019
Pierre Brondeau on navigating a shifting chemical industry landscape

Pierre Brondeau on navigating a shifting chemical industry landscape

FMC CEO reveals how the ability to embrace change has been a key to his success
May 18, 2019
A-STAR’s Jackie Ying wants academics to think more like entrepreneurs

A-STAR’s Jackie Ying wants academics to think more like entrepreneurs

Head of NanoBio Lab aims to move inexpensive medical diagnostics from the lab bench to the market
May 11, 2019
Stanley Crooke on finally making sense out of antisense

Stanley Crooke on finally making sense out of antisense

The Ionis founder and CEO spent decades fighting to turn antisense oligonucleotides into drugs; now that they're finally living up to the promise, he's stepping aside
May 5, 2019
Carbon chemist Rodney Ruoff looks toward making new materials out of carbon

Carbon chemist Rodney Ruoff looks toward making new materials out of carbon

The UNIST professor recounts his long history with graphene and his current work
April 28, 2019
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Rescued from a war zone, an Iraqi chemist finds a future in pharma

Rescued from a war zone, an Iraqi chemist finds a future in pharma

A scholarship led Firas Jumaah to graduate studies at Lund University, which then saved him and his family from Islamic State militants
April 21, 2019
Chemical engineer Peter Spitz looks back on the heady early days of the petrochemical industry

Chemical engineer Peter Spitz looks back on the heady early days of the petrochemical industry

Scientific Design alumnus and management consultant recalls the shift from coal to oil and gas feedstocks
April 10, 2019
US National Toxicology Program changes course

US National Toxicology Program changes course

With a background in pharma and animal testing, Associate Director Brian Berridge seeks to build confidence in novel ways to test chemical hazards
April 6, 2019
Chemical engineer Paula T. Hammond on discovery and diversity

Chemical engineer Paula T. Hammond on discovery and diversity

Head of MIT’s Chemical Engineering Department, who is building an arsenal of layered drug-delivery systems, wants to take on the toughest challenges
March 20, 2019
Colorado chemist updates tattoo chemistry with an eye toward medical diagnostics

Colorado chemist updates tattoo chemistry with an eye toward medical diagnostics

Carson Bruns explains how nanotechnology could allow body art to keep tabs on health measures
March 17, 2019
Brazilian chemist Joana D’Arc Félix de Sousa on her path from poverty to PhD and inventor to teacher

Brazilian chemist Joana D’Arc Félix de Sousa on her path from poverty to PhD and inventor to teacher

Raised by a tanner and a maid, she now advocates for underprivileged youth
March 10, 2019

Black chemists you should know about

These inventors, educators, and unsung heroes changed lives through their work in chemistry
February 27, 2019
Nagoya University chemist creates molecules to boost the world’s food supply

Nagoya University chemist creates molecules to boost the world’s food supply

Kenichiro Itami leads an institute modifying biochemical pathways to boost crop yield and livestock breeding
February 23, 2019
Former US FBI director James B. Comey on majoring in chemistry and how it affected his career

Former US FBI director James B. Comey on majoring in chemistry and how it affected his career

Now an author and lecturer, he used what he learned in chemistry to connect with forensic scientists as he enforced the law
February 18, 2019
Rebounding from serious accidents, MFG Chemical ups its game

Rebounding from serious accidents, MFG Chemical ups its game

A family-owned Georgia company goes to private equity and makes it to Texas
February 11, 2019
Chemours’s Paul Kirsch on why his company needs to change and how it will do it

Chemours’s Paul Kirsch on why his company needs to change and how it will do it

Acknowledging environmental issues, the executive outlines some of the steps that he says will make the firm a role model
February 3, 2019
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How nanoparticles could preserve the historic warship <i>Mary Rose</i>

How nanoparticles could preserve the historic warship Mary Rose

The University of Sheffield’s Serena Corr explains her strategy to stop corrosive acids from gnawing the wooden hull of King Henry VIII’s iconic ship
January 27, 2019
The argument for using blockchain to secure scientific research

The argument for using blockchain to secure scientific research

Joris van Rossum of Digital Science believes the technology behind cryptocurrency could address some of science’s biggest challenges
November 18, 2018
Directory of academic chemists from underrepresented groups aims to inject diversity into conferences, job searches, and awards

Directory of academic chemists from underrepresented groups aims to inject diversity into conferences, job searches, and awards

Diversify Chemistry founder Anne McNeil talks about how she started and maintains the online directory
November 8, 2018
How is directed evolution changing the world?

How is directed evolution changing the world?

Newly minted Nobelist Frances Arnold talks about the past and future of evolved enzymes
October 30, 2018
Kavli Prize-winning astrochemist looks back at her career probing chemical complexity in space

Kavli Prize-winning astrochemist looks back at her career probing chemical complexity in space

Leiden University’s Ewine van Dishoeck talks about building instruments for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array and the James Webb telescopes
October 21, 2018
A rare-disease entrepreneur follows an unconventional drug development path

A rare-disease entrepreneur follows an unconventional drug development path

In 2012, Ethan Perlstein challenged the academic status quo. Now as CEO of the start-up Perlara, can he do the same for the biotech industry?
October 14, 2018
Perkin Medal winner reflects on her role in the science of keeping cool

Perkin Medal winner reflects on her role in the science of keeping cool

Chemical engineer Barbara Minor talks about a career that advanced environmentally safer refrigerants
September 19, 2018
Entomologist is decoding chemical signaling between ticks with an eye toward controlling Lyme disease

Entomologist is decoding chemical signaling between ticks with an eye toward controlling Lyme disease

USDA’s Andrew Li discusses tick pheromones and how we can turn them to our advantage
August 31, 2018
Bioengineer Ting Zhu is building the mirror image of nature’s protein synthesis machinery

Bioengineer Ting Zhu is building the mirror image of nature’s protein synthesis machinery

The Tsinghua University scientist discusses how unnatural forms of DNA, RNA, and enzymes could lead to new drugs and help reveal clues about the origins of life
August 27, 2018
Meet the chemical toxicologist probing how botanical supplements treat menopause symptoms

Meet the chemical toxicologist probing how botanical supplements treat menopause symptoms

Judy Bolton helps demystify the complex bioactivity of hops to benefit women’s health
August 19, 2018
Entrepreneur rethinks lithium-ion batteries with an eye toward storing renewable energy

Entrepreneur rethinks lithium-ion batteries with an eye toward storing renewable energy

Chemist Amy Prieto of Colorado State University discusses her work to commercialize a safer, more customizable battery
July 16, 2018
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Meet <i>Science</i> magazine editor Jeremy Berg, chemist and proud data wonk

Meet Science magazine editor Jeremy Berg, chemist and proud data wonk

Policy leader talks about publishing, the scientific enterprise, and how chemistry fits into it all
July 3, 2018
Donald Ingber is leading efforts to develop organ-on-a-chip devices to replace animal tests

Donald Ingber is leading efforts to develop organ-on-a-chip devices to replace animal tests

Widespread adoption of the chips will require mass production and finding the right questions to ask with the devices
June 24, 2018
How an opossum protein may lead to a broad-spectrum snakebite treatment

How an opossum protein may lead to a broad-spectrum snakebite treatment

San Jose State’s Claire Komives is testing an antivenom inspired by opossum biochemistry against various snake species to prevent deaths in the developing world
May 30, 2018
Mary Sue Coleman on solving the funding crisis in higher education

Mary Sue Coleman on solving the funding crisis in higher education

The chemist and former college president leads the Association of American Universities in challenging times
May 27, 2018
U.S. Army bioengineer develops high-tech fabrics to keep soldiers warm, dry, and safe

U.S. Army bioengineer develops high-tech fabrics to keep soldiers warm, dry, and safe

Paola D’Angelo discusses how her team develops high-performance textiles to protect and support soldiers on the battlefield
May 16, 2018
SOCMA head Jennifer Abril wants to take the trade association back to its roots

SOCMA head Jennifer Abril wants to take the trade association back to its roots

The nontraditional leader of the specialty chemical manufacturers’ association wants to steer it back to its traditional values
May 14, 2018
Science is full of personal stories. York’s David Smith thinks scientists should share them

Science is full of personal stories. York’s David Smith thinks scientists should share them

Supramolecular chemist supports LGBTQ+ scientists by talking about his personal journey
April 24, 2018
Coatings entrepreneur wants to use his ultrathin films to solve problems in the developing world

Coatings entrepreneur wants to use his ultrathin films to solve problems in the developing world

Having founded three successful start-ups, Durham University chemist Jas Pal Badyal is setting his sights on cleaning up the world’s water
April 17, 2018
Molecular biologist discusses potential game-changing genetic test for pregnant women

Molecular biologist discusses potential game-changing genetic test for pregnant women

Wayne State’s Sascha Drewlo applies genomics to challenging questions about maternal health
February 13, 2017
Kumudini Meepagala, mosquito repellent researcher, on battling Zika

Kumudini Meepagala, mosquito repellent researcher, on battling Zika

Natural products chemist says plant compounds could repel mosquitoes better than DEET
November 29, 2016
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C&EN talks with Wei Yang, president of China’s National Natural Science Foundation

C&EN talks with Wei Yang, president of China’s National Natural Science Foundation

Funding agency head strives to raise quality of Chinese research and curb misconduct
November 28, 2016
C&EN talks with Insung Choi, cell protector

C&EN talks with Insung Choi, cell protector

Chemist coats cells with silica shells to help them survive and thrive in diverse applications
October 31, 2016
C&EN profiles Solenis, the former Ashland Water Technologies business being revived with an investment spurt

C&EN profiles Solenis, the former Ashland Water Technologies business being revived with an investment spurt

Solenis CEO Panichella says bolt-on acquisitions and new technology will help invigorate the firm
October 24, 2016
C&EN talks with Joshua Ring, organic chemistry educator

C&EN talks with Joshua Ring, organic chemistry educator

Professor adopted alternative grading strategy to ensure his students master the essentials of organic chemistry
October 24, 2016
C&EN talks with Amy Clippinger, PETA scientist

C&EN talks with Amy Clippinger, PETA scientist

The associate director of the PETA International Science Consortium works to develop and promote alternatives to animal testing
September 19, 2016
C&EN talks with Peter Trefonas, photolithography innovator

C&EN talks with Peter Trefonas, photolithography innovator

Dow scientist discusses a lifelong romance with chemistry and how it can be used to benefit humanity
September 12, 2016
C&EN profiles Chemists Without Borders, the humanitarian chemistry organization

C&EN profiles Chemists Without Borders, the humanitarian chemistry organization

Nearly all-volunteer organization achieves big impact in developing world with shoestring budget
September 12, 2016
C&EN Talks with Frank Witney, an executive with a knack for building and selling life science tool businesses

C&EN Talks with Frank Witney, an executive with a knack for building and selling life science tool businesses

After selling Dionex and Affymetrix to Thermo Fisher, Witney talks about what it takes to build a successful scientific instrument firm
September 5, 2016
C&EN talks with Michael Cross

C&EN talks with Michael Cross

Chemistry professor enrolls in community college to understand the challenges his nontraditional students face
August 29, 2016
C&EN profiles Evotec, serving drug discovery with an upside

C&EN profiles Evotec, serving drug discovery with an upside

Firm provides services to partners while securing low-risk access to a high-reward drug pipeline
July 11, 2016
C&EN talks with Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut

C&EN talks with Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut

The chemist talks about feeling weightless, growing crystals, and recycling pee into air on the Mir Space Station 25 years ago
June 27, 2016
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C&EN talks with Joanna Fowler, radiochemistry pioneer

C&EN talks with Joanna Fowler, radiochemistry pioneer

The retired Brookhaven chemist looks back on her career developing radiotracers for brain imaging
June 20, 2016
C&EN talks with Deborah Blum, journalist and author

C&EN talks with Deborah Blum, journalist and author

‘The Poisoner’s Handbook’ writer talks about the beauty of chemistry and why she wants people to know more about it
June 6, 2016
C&EN profiles the U.S. Fish & Wildlife forensics lab, the nation’s CSI: Wildlife team

C&EN profiles the U.S. Fish & Wildlife forensics lab, the nation’s CSI: Wildlife team

Federal scientists in Ashland, Ore., use cutting-edge technology to help track down animal killers
May 23, 2016
C&EN profiles Wanhua Chemical, a Chinese firm that made it big in urethanes

C&EN profiles Wanhua Chemical, a Chinese firm that made it big in urethanes

The world’s top producer of a key isocyanate fought to overcome early struggles
May 23, 2016
C&EN talks with Jay Bradner, physician-scientist turned R&D chief

C&EN talks with Jay Bradner, physician-scientist turned R&D chief

The new president of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research discusses his approach to innovation
May 16, 2016
C&EN talks with Vassili Philippov, chemistry set innovator

C&EN talks with Vassili Philippov, chemistry set innovator

Chief executive of MEL Science discusses company’s new subscription-based chemistry set
May 2, 2016
C&EN profiles Cherry Murray, Energy Department’s science chief

C&EN profiles Cherry Murray, Energy Department’s science chief

Murray brings experience in industry, academia, and government to her new role.
April 25, 2016
C&EN profiles Plant-e, a start-up looking to soil for power

C&EN profiles Plant-e, a start-up looking to soil for power

Dutch university spin-off seeks to capture electrons from microbes living alongside plant roots
April 18, 2016
C&EN profiles Laurus Labs, upping the chemistry ante in India

C&EN profiles Laurus Labs, upping the chemistry ante in India

A pharmaceutical services firm bets big on new drugs with a U.S. research portal
April 11, 2016
C&EN profiles Amyris, biobased specialties maker

C&EN profiles Amyris, biobased specialties maker

With production of farnesene scaled up, profitability is the firm’s next hurdle
March 28, 2016
A conversation with Christina Smolke

A conversation with Christina Smolke

The synthetic biology pioneer discusses how she reprogrammed yeast to produce opioids.
March 21, 2016
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C&EN profiles WuXi AppTec, Chinese contract research giant

C&EN profiles WuXi AppTec, Chinese contract research giant

Ge Li, founder of world’s largest CRO, claims no interest in launching his own drugs or relisting on a Chinese stock exchange
March 14, 2016
Meet Mario Pinto, The Chemist Who Runs Canada’s Science Agency

Meet Mario Pinto, The Chemist Who Runs Canada’s Science Agency

Chemist at the helm of the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council focuses on commercialization, collaboration, and the next generation of scientists
January 18, 2016
C&EN Talks With Chemistry Historian Jeffrey I. Seeman About The Origins Of A Groundbreaking Theory

C&EN Talks With Chemistry Historian Jeffrey I. Seeman About The Origins Of A Groundbreaking Theory

Organic chemist offers insights into his latest paper on the early days of R. B. Woodward and Roald Hoffmann’s Nobel Prize-winning collaboration
January 11, 2016
C&EN Talks With Microbiome Surveyor Stefanie Kandels-Lewis

C&EN Talks With Microbiome Surveyor Stefanie Kandels-Lewis

The laboratory technician turned fixer kept the Tara Oceans project, an expedition to map the oceans’ microbial populations, afloat for four years.
November 23, 2015
How Lanxess Brought In A New CEO, Restructured, And Bounced Back

How Lanxess Brought In A New CEO, Restructured, And Bounced Back

After rough spell, rubber and chemical maker posts profits and invests in new facilities
November 23, 2015
A Conversation With Jack Szostak

A Conversation With Jack Szostak

The chemical biologist talks about the origins of life.
October 19, 2015
C&EN Talks With Montana Senator Steve Daine

C&EN Talks With Montana Senator Steve Daine

Newcomer’s chemical engineering and technology background guides his work in Congress
October 12, 2015
C&EN Talks With Richard DiMarchi

C&EN Talks With Richard DiMarchi

Macromolecular chemist successfully straddles the divide between academia and industry
October 5, 2015
Lesley-Ann Giddings

Lesley-Ann Giddings

A love of teaching and chemistry led this ACS Scholar to become a professor
September 28, 2015
C&EN Talks With ‘MasterChef’ Contestant Hetal Vasavada

C&EN Talks With ‘MasterChef’ Contestant Hetal Vasavada

Biochemistry graduate discusses her scientific approach to cooking
September 14, 2015
C&EN Talks With Leonard P. Freedman

C&EN Talks With Leonard P. Freedman

Irreproducible research costs the U.S. billions, new analysis shows
September 7, 2015
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C&EN Talks With Abdul Aziz Al-Zamil

C&EN Talks With Abdul Aziz Al-Zamil

SABIC’s first CEO discusses what it takes to build a modern chemical industry
August 31, 2015
C&EN Talks Safety With UC Berkeley’s Dean Toste And Mark Freiberg

C&EN Talks Safety With UC Berkeley’s Dean Toste And Mark Freiberg

Professor and safety director discuss lab explosion response
August 24, 2015
C&EN Talks With Mark Vergnano Of Chemours

C&EN Talks With Mark Vergnano Of Chemours

Chief executive of the DuPont spin-off discusses growth prospects and the challenges ahead
July 20, 2015
C&EN Talks With Eastman’s Godefroy Motte

C&EN Talks With Eastman’s Godefroy Motte

Chemical maker’s non-conforming board member outlines firm’s route to sustainable chemical production
June 29, 2015
A Conversation With Alán Aspuru-Guzik

A Conversation With Alán Aspuru-Guzik

The physical chemist discusses quantum computing and the role of open access in science
June 22, 2015
C&EN Talks With Photocatalysis Pioneer Akira Fujishima

C&EN Talks With Photocatalysis Pioneer Akira Fujishima

Japanese researcher shares his adventures with titanium dioxide
June 8, 2015
Michael E. Rogers

Michael E. Rogers

Medicinal chemist has overseen much of NIH’s chemistry research since 1993
May 4, 2015
C&EN Talks With Michael Meador

C&EN Talks With Michael Meador

Chemist leads federal nanotechnology R&D efforts
April 27, 2015
C&EN Talks With Michael Varney, The Chemist Heading Research At Genentech

C&EN Talks With Michael Varney, The Chemist Heading Research At Genentech

The new research chief shares his views on maintaining a vibrant drug discovery culture
March 30, 2015
C&EN Talks With Stephen D. Pryor, Outgoing Head Of ExxonMobil Chemical


C&EN Talks With Stephen D. Pryor, Outgoing Head Of ExxonMobil Chemical


Career oilman reflects on the past four decades and the keys to his company’s success in chemicals
March 9, 2015
C&EN Talks With Former Congressman And New AAAS Chief Executive Officer Rush D. Holt Jr.

C&EN Talks With Former Congressman And New AAAS Chief Executive Officer Rush D. Holt Jr.

Physicist reflects on the state of science in the U.S. as he takes over the organization
March 2, 2015
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C&EN Talks With Green Chemistry Advocate Robin Rogers

C&EN Talks With Green Chemistry Advocate Robin Rogers

The Alabama chemist has taken his model for applied academic research to Canada
February 16, 2015
C&EN Talks With ‘Queen Of Carbon Science’ Mildred S. Dresselhaus

C&EN Talks With ‘Queen Of Carbon Science’ Mildred S. Dresselhaus

MIT emerita professor recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
February 2, 2015
C&EN Talks With Tattooed ‘Chemistry Ambassador’ Randa Roland

C&EN Talks With Tattooed ‘Chemistry Ambassador’ Randa Roland

UC Santa Cruz lecturer’s tattoos help her pass along her passion for chemistry
January 19, 2015
John LaMattina

John LaMattina

Veteran defender of big pharma sees opportunities for the traditional drug industry on a shifting playing field
January 5, 2015
C&EN Talks With French Professor Claude Grison


C&EN Talks With French Professor Claude Grison


The French biochemistry professor started a company to ensure her chemistry is applied to real-world problems
December 1, 2014
C&EN Talks With Perkin Medalist John Warner

C&EN Talks With Perkin Medalist John Warner

The green chemistry pioneer talks about social movements, education, and how he tries to shake up the process of invention
November 17, 2014
C&EN Talks Safety With Minnesota Chemistry Chair William B. Tolman

C&EN Talks Safety With Minnesota Chemistry Chair William B. Tolman

Professor discusses department’s response to laboratory explosion
November 10, 2014
C&EN Talks With Shaughnessy Naughton

C&EN Talks With Shaughnessy Naughton

Chemist and businesswoman creates political action group to back scientists
October 27, 2014
Self-Exploration By An Intellectual Polygamist

Self-Exploration By An Intellectual Polygamist

Carl Djerassi searches to understand the drivers behind his serially redefined life
October 20, 2014
C&EN Talks With "The Amazing Race" Team Of Amy DeJong And Maya Warren


C&EN Talks With "The Amazing Race" Team Of Amy DeJong And Maya Warren


Food science graduate students compete on CBS reality show
October 17, 2014
Samantha Arnett

Samantha Arnett

State Department’s Biosecurity Engagement Program manager works to combat bioterrorism
September 15, 2014
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Janice M. Hicks

Janice M. Hicks

Chemist heads to theology graduate school after years at the National Science Foundation
August 4, 2014
C&EN Talks With Andy Brunning

C&EN Talks With Andy Brunning

U.K. chemistry teacher and author of the blog Compound Interest hazards a guess at why he’s skyrocketed to fame online
July 7, 2014
C&EN Talks With A. N. Sreeram

C&EN Talks With A. N. Sreeram

Dow Chemical’s head of R&D champions high-impact research that customers will pay for
June 23, 2014
Steve Perrin

Steve Perrin

Characterizing animal models isn’t glamorous, says ALS Therapy Development Institute’s CEO, but it’s critical to bringing medicines to market
May 26, 2014
Sunil Kumar, Chemical Industry Medalist

Sunil Kumar, Chemical Industry Medalist

Chemistry and opportunity in the U.S. aided his climb from poverty to executive suite
March 10, 2014
Bre, Cre, And Dre Thompson

Bre, Cre, And Dre Thompson

With degrees in chemistry, identical triplets are carving out their own careers—in medicine, dentistry, and forensic science
March 3, 2014
Gail Vance Civille

Gail Vance Civille

A professional nose talks about the future of sensory analysis
February 17, 2014
Theresa Vail

Theresa Vail

A chemistry major focuses on empowering young women as an emphatically unconventional Miss Kansas
February 10, 2014
Mario Molina

Mario Molina

After winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nobelist reflects on his career and the need for chemists to serve society
December 9, 2013
Pratibha L. Gai

Pratibha L. Gai

Inventor of the first microscope for viewing atoms during a chemical reaction is the 2013 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science laureate for Europe
November 25, 2013
Yoshiyuki Sankai

Yoshiyuki Sankai

Japanese scientist’s wearable robotic suit is poised to change the lives of the infirm
November 18, 2013
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C&EN Talks With Jon Lorsch

C&EN Talks With Jon Lorsch

New director of NIH’s basic research institute plans for rocky economic times
November 4, 2013
F. Fleming Crim

F. Fleming Crim

NSF’s assistant director for mathematical and physical sciences talks about budget problems, merit review, and the role of scientist as advocate
September 27, 2013
C&EN Talks With Donna Nelson

C&EN Talks With Donna Nelson

Oklahoma chemistry professor has helped ensure scientific accuracy on the TV series ‘Breaking Bad’
September 20, 2013
An Outsider Plots Solvay’s New Path

An Outsider Plots Solvay’s New Path

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, who came from rival Rhodia, wants to beef up investment in advanced materials
September 16, 2013
Polly L. Arnold

Polly L. Arnold

Women chemists at the University of Edinburgh have had remarkable success, and in a new video and book the Rosalind Franklin Award winner explains why
September 2, 2013
Hariolf Kottmann

Hariolf Kottmann

Clariant’s chief executive officer explains why discipline matters in the business of chemistry
July 29, 2013
C&EN Talks With Adina Mangubat

C&EN Talks With Adina Mangubat

Twenty-something CEO wants to equip researchers for the surge in genomics data
July 15, 2013
C&EN Talks With Ronald Tjeerdema

C&EN Talks With Ronald Tjeerdema

Dispersants are a necessary tool for oil-spill response, the aquatic toxicologist says, and toxicity studies must be done with care
June 3, 2013
Arkema Sharpens Its Growth Plans

Arkema Sharpens Its Growth Plans

Geographic expansion in the U.S. and China is a big part of French chemical maker’s strategy
May 27, 2013
C&EN Talks With Christopher Hillenbrand

C&EN Talks With Christopher Hillenbrand

Since he was a child, the high school student and International Chemistry Olympiad gold medalist hasn’t been able to keep his hands off science
May 20, 2013
John Edward Porter

John Edward Porter

It is a critical time for scientists to educate policymakers about the importance of research, former congressman says
May 6, 2013
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C&EN Talks With Laura Coppi

C&EN Talks With Laura Coppi

FIS’s marketing and sales director has Tuscan roots and an international track record
April 15, 2013
Janet Wolfe

Janet Wolfe

Professor-turned-entrepreneur launches a contract research organization to meet growing pharma market needs
April 15, 2013
Eunice N. Cofie

Eunice N. Cofie

Chemist turns passion for helping people into an ethnic cosmetics start-up
April 15, 2013
Beth Bosley

Beth Bosley

Chemical industry veteran starts firm to make hard-to-find boron-based products
April 15, 2013
Shikha P. Barman

Shikha P. Barman

A fascination with medical polymer applications sparked her launch of an R&D incubator
April 15, 2013
John C. Lechleiter

John C. Lechleiter

The Lilly CEO believes smart investment in R&D will help revive growth at the drug company
February 25, 2013