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December 21, 2015 Issue

Volume 93, Issue 49
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December 21, 2015 Issue, Vol. 93 | Iss. 49
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Business
Finance: Strategy was the merger and acquisition theme for 2015 (p.28)
Business
Crop Chemicals: Sliding earnings seeded consolidation talk (p.38)
Back Issues
 
ACS Scholars Program Turned 20
15% of program’s scholarship recipients went on to earn a Ph.D.
(p.2)
American Chemical Society Expanded Its Global Reach
ACS News: Society now has 16 international chapters, and counting
(p.2)
Scientists Called For Standardized Antibodies
Research Reproducibility: Poor characterization of these protein-binding reagents taking toll on life sciences research
(p.3)
Flexible Electronics You Can Inject
Bioelectronics: Researchers deliver chicken-wire-like electrodes into mouse brains with a syringe
(p.21)
Special Delivery For Sensitive Reagents
Organic Chemistry: Loading air- and moisture-sensitive reagents in paraffin capsules makes synthesis a snap
(p.22)
Yeast Programmed For Opioid Total Synthesis
Biotechnology: Researchers stitched together complete pathway from glucose to morphine
(p.22)
Miracle Machine Builds Molecules On Demand
Automated Synthesis: Benchtop device couples modular building blocks to create research compounds, drugs, and materials
(p.23)
Nickel Shines As A Catalyst
Organic Synthesis: Research advances continued a trend to move away from precious-metal catalysts
(p.23)
3-D Printing Takes On A New Dimension
Materials Science: Start-up company unveiled futuristic machine powered by chemistry
(p.24)
Atomically Thin Films Grow In Number
2-D Materials: New methods for preparing the materials could lead to smaller, faster electronics
(p.24)
Digging In The Dirt Yields Novel Bacteria Fighter
Antibiotics: Researchers isolated antibacterial compound teixobactin from so-called unculturable bacteria
(p.25)
Keeping GMOs On A Leash
Synthetic Biology: Scientists developed methods to prevent synthetic organisms from going rogue
(p.25)
A Liquid With Holes In It
Supramolecular Chemistry: Dissolved cage compounds created a fluid with permanent porosity
(p.26)
Electron Microscopy Provides Unprecedented Close-ups
Molecular Imaging: TEM revealed angstrom-resolution structures of complex biomolecules and free-floating nanoparticles
(pp. 26-27)
C&EN’s Molecules Of The Year
Structure Menagerie: Compounds that made headlines in 2015
(p.27)
Chemical Makers Looked To Big Deals
Finance: Strategy was the merger and acquisition theme for 2015
(p.28)
NASA Got Up Close And Personal With Pluto
Space Science: Spacecraft flyby brought us detailed images of the dwarf planet
(p.29)
Opposition To Neonicotinoids Intensified
Pesticides: As scientific evidence mounted, regulators scrambled to review impacts on bees
(p.29)
2015 Nobel Prizes In Science At A Glance
Awards: Here’s who got the coveted phone call from Sweden this year
(p.30)
Climate Pact Clinched
As CO2 levels pass 400-ppm mark, countries hammered out new accord in Paris
(p.30)
Little Good News For Chemistry Job Outlook In 2015
Jobs: Unemployment rose slightly for chemists, and salaries remained mostly flat
(p.31)
Pfizer To Merge Again, This Time With Allergan
Pharmaceuticals: Controversial megamerger capped eventful year for drug industry
(p.31)
Oil And Gas Industry Under Pressure
Fracking: Natural gas prices fell as public concern about controversial extraction technique ramped up
(p.32)
An Industry In Spin Cycle
Chemical companies look to restructuring as a way to clean themselves up
(p.33)
Finally, Emoji For Chemists
ACS News: ACS Chemoji app lets users share smiley face with safety goggles, gloved thumbs-up, and more
(p.33)
A Big Deal For Chemists
Lab Chemicals: Merck KGaA's buy of Sigma-Aldrich created a lab supplies powerhouse
(p.34)
Tianjin Explosion Put Spotlight On Safety
China: Country introduced new safety checks in warehouses and chemical plants after massive blasts in harbor
(p.34)
Women Assumed Leadership Roles At American Chemical Society
ACS News: Society to have three women in its presidential succession
(p.34)
Artificial Ingredients In The Crosshairs
Food: Responding to consumer demands, major food brands removed additives
(p.35)
Jacqueline K. Barton, Unwavering Chemistry Champion
Awards: DNA electron transport guru took home the 2015 Priestley Medal
(p.35)
House Science Committee Chair Pummeled Science Agencies
Funding: Texas Republican Lamar Smith launched investigations into NSF, EPA, and NOAA
(p.36)
NIST Veteran Became U.S. Government’s Top Chemist
People: Willie May took over agency charged with research and standards in forensic science, cybersecurity, and more
(p.36)
Gene-Editing Technique Raised Ethics Questions
Biotechnology: As the fast and accurate CRISPR/Cas9 method gained popularity, it also ignited concerns about the creation of designer babies
(p.37)
World Chemical Production At A Glance
Business: Latin American and Asia saw their chemical production slump
(p.37)
Classroom Fires During Science Demonstrations Spark Concern
Safety: Student injuries prompt calls for teachers being trained in risk assessment and for stricter safety precautions
(p.38)
Climate Was Right For Deal-Making
Crop Chemicals: Sliding earnings seeded consolidation talk
(p.38)
American Chemical Society Dives Deeper Into Open Access With The Debut Of ACS Omega
ACS News: Pay-to-publish, free-to-read journal will publish all technically sound submissions from a wide swath of chemistry and allied fields
(p.39)
Lego Began Research On Switching To A Biobased Plastic
Plastics: Company plans to spend $150 million to move away from current formula
(p.39)
New Chair Took The Helm At Troubled Chemical Safety Board
Oversight: Vanessa Allen Sutherland vowed internal overhaul—and resumption of accident investigations
(p.39)
Genetically Modified Foods In The Spotlight
Calls for labeling, enhanced regulatory oversight grew
(p.40)
Overhaul Of U.S. Chemical Law Fizzled
Legislation: Partisan gridlock again hindered reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act
(p.40)
Nanocar Research Kept Rolling Along
Molecular Machines: ‘Vehicules’ continued to inspire scientists, even if practical applications still seemed far off
(p.44)
Huygens’s Revolutionary Titan Landing
Space Science: Engineering feat led off a decade of new exploration of our solar system
(p.45)
First Amyloid Crystal Structures Were Just The Beginning
Since 2005, researchers have not only solved structures of many amyloid-forming peptides but also designed inhibitors
(p.46)
High-Impact Chemistry From 2005
A look at the most-cited chemistry research from a decade ago, brought to you by C&EN and CAS
(p.47)
 

News of the Week

Introducing DowDuPont

Megafirm: A $130 billion behemoth is formed, only to split into three firms after two years
(p.7)

Sanofi, Boehringer Swap Animal Health And Consumer Health Units

Pharmaceuticals: Asset exchange will create leading positions in tough markets
(p.8)

Synthesis Strategy Goes Online

Natural Products: Free Internet tool helps chemists tackle complex polycyclic molecules
(p.8)

Success Of Climate Deal Will Hinge On Chemistry

Environment: Innovations in energy technology and new materials will be needed to implement Paris agreement
(p.9)

Why U.S. Chemical Production Is Forecast To Rise In 2016

Economy: Outlook is robust for the U.S. chemical makers despite headwinds from a strong dollar
(p.9)

Catalysts Need Proper Support To Clean Up Engine Emissions

Pacifichem News: Phosphates help rhodium catalysts strip out NOx from exhaust
(p.10)

Researchers Determine Photosynthesis Rate Of Ocean Microorganisms Nearly In Real Time

Pacifichem News: First infrared measurements aboard a ship give a snapshot of phytoplankton photosynthetic activity
(p.10)

Research Teams Make First 2-D Sheets Of Boron

Materials: Element number five finally lays flat, adding to the growing list of 2-D dream materials for faster electronics and better energy-storage devices
(p.11)

Science Funding Surge Seen in Omnibus Spending Bill

Congress: NIH funding up $2 billion, R&D tax credit made permanent
(p.11)
 

Departments

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Business

Crop Chemicals: Sliding earnings seeded consolidation talk
(p.38)
Plastics: Company plans to spend $150 million to move away from current formula
(p.39)
Business: Latin American and Asia saw their chemical production slump
(p.37)
China: Country introduced new safety checks in warehouses and chemical plants after massive blasts in harbor
(p.34)
Lab Chemicals: Merck KGaA's buy of Sigma-Aldrich created a lab supplies powerhouse
(p.34)
Jobs: Unemployment rose slightly for chemists, and salaries remained mostly flat
(p.31)
Pharmaceuticals: Controversial megamerger capped eventful year for drug industry
(p.31)
Food: Responding to consumer demands, major food brands removed additives
(p.35)
Finance: Strategy was the merger and acquisition theme for 2015
(p.28)
Chemical companies look to restructuring as a way to clean themselves up
(p.33)

ACS News

ACS News: Pay-to-publish, free-to-read journal will publish all technically sound submissions from a wide swath of chemistry and allied fields
(p.39)
ACS News: Society to have three women in its presidential succession
(p.34)
ACS News: ACS Chemoji app lets users share smiley face with safety goggles, gloved thumbs-up, and more
(p.33)
ACS News: Society now has 16 international chapters, and counting
(p.2)
15% of program’s scholarship recipients went on to earn a Ph.D.
(p.2)
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Government & Policy

Oversight: Vanessa Allen Sutherland vowed internal overhaul—and resumption of accident investigations
(p.39)
People: Willie May took over agency charged with research and standards in forensic science, cybersecurity, and more
(p.36)
Funding: Texas Republican Lamar Smith launched investigations into NSF, EPA, and NOAA
(p.36)
Fracking: Natural gas prices fell as public concern about controversial extraction technique ramped up
(p.32)
As CO2 levels pass 400-ppm mark, countries hammered out new accord in Paris
(p.30)
Calls for labeling, enhanced regulatory oversight grew
(p.40)
Legislation: Partisan gridlock again hindered reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act
(p.40)
Medio Ambiente: será necesario innovar en nuevos materiales y tecnologías energéticas para poder poner en práctica el acuerdo de París
(p.9)
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Science & Technology

Safety: Student injuries prompt calls for teachers being trained in risk assessment and for stricter safety precautions
(p.38)
Molecular Machines: ‘Vehicules’ continued to inspire scientists, even if practical applications still seemed far off
(p.44)
Bioelectronics: Researchers deliver chicken-wire-like electrodes into mouse brains with a syringe
(p.21)
Organic Chemistry: Loading air- and moisture-sensitive reagents in paraffin capsules makes synthesis a snap
(p.22)
Automated Synthesis: Benchtop device couples modular building blocks to create research compounds, drugs, and materials
(p.23)
Materials Science: Start-up company unveiled futuristic machine powered by chemistry
(p.24)
2-D Materials: New methods for preparing the materials could lead to smaller, faster electronics
(p.24)
Synthetic Biology: Scientists developed methods to prevent synthetic organisms from going rogue
(p.25)
Antibiotics: Researchers isolated antibacterial compound teixobactin from so-called unculturable bacteria
(p.25)
Molecular Imaging: TEM revealed angstrom-resolution structures of complex biomolecules and free-floating nanoparticles
(pp. 26-27)
Structure Menagerie: Compounds that made headlines in 2015
(p.27)
Awards: Here’s who got the coveted phone call from Sweden this year
(p.30)
Supramolecular Chemistry: Dissolved cage compounds created a fluid with permanent porosity
(p.26)
Awards: DNA electron transport guru took home the 2015 Priestley Medal
(p.35)
Scientists looked for ways—including a new expandable hydraulic fluid—to cut water and chemical additives used in oil and gas extraction
(p.32)
Space Science: Spacecraft flyby brought us detailed images of the dwarf planet
(p.29)
Pesticides: As scientific evidence mounted, regulators scrambled to review impacts on bees
(p.29)
Biotechnology: As the fast and accurate CRISPR/Cas9 method gained popularity, it also ignited concerns about the creation of designer babies
(p.37)
Research Reproducibility: Poor characterization of these protein-binding reagents taking toll on life sciences research
(p.3)
Space Science: Engineering feat led off a decade of new exploration of our solar system
(p.45)
A look at the most-cited chemistry research from a decade ago, brought to you by C&EN and CAS
(p.47)
Biotechnology: Researchers stitched together complete pathway from glucose to morphine
(p.22)
Organic Synthesis: Research advances continued a trend to move away from precious-metal catalysts
(p.23)
Since 2005, researchers have not only solved structures of many amyloid-forming peptides but also designed inhibitors
(p.46)

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