Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

  • Millimeter-sized monolayer crystals open the door to single crystal organic nanoelectronics – A research team have combined organic electronics with nanoelectronics and developed the first 2D crystal of organic semiconductors on the millimeter scale, the thickness of which is only a single molecular layer (3.5 nm), but with perfect long-ranged crystalline order. They report their findings in the March 7, 2020, online edition of Advanced Materials ("Millimeter-Sized Molecular Monolayer Two-Dimensional Crystals").
  • Benlysta breaks 50 year Lupus drug drought – The first new treatment for lupus erythematosus in half a century has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • All wrapped up: researcher’s graphene cloak protects bacteria, leading to better images – Vikas Berry, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University, and his research team are wrapping bacteria with graphene to address current challenges with imaging bacteria under electron microscopes. Berry's method creates a carbon cloak that protects the bacteria, allowing them to be imaged at their natural size and increasing the image's resolution.
  • Combining two peptide inhibitors might block tumor growth – A new study suggests that combining two experimental anticancer peptide agents might simultaneously block formation of new tumor blood vessels while also inhibiting the growth of tumor cells.
  • NJIT prof offers new desalination process using carbon nanotubes – A faster, better and cheaper desalination process enhanced by carbon nanotubes has been developed by NJIT Professor Somenath Mitra. The process creates a unique new architecture for the membrane distillation process by immobilizing carbon nanotubes in the membrane pores. Conventional approaches to desalination are thermal distillation and reverse osmosis.
  • Berkeley Lab scientists achieve breakthrough in nanocomposite for high-capacity hydrogen storage – Berkeley Lab researchers have designed a new composite material for hydrogen storage consisting of nanoparticles of magnesium metal sprinkled through a polymer related to Plexiglas that rapidly absorbs and releases hydrogen at modest temperatures without oxidizing the metal after cycling. This achievement is a major breakthrough in materials design for hydrogen storage, batteries and fuel cells.

Chemist and writer Robert Slinn picks six of the best for his regular web column on Reactive Reports – Slinn Pickings.

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