This week’s chemistry news – Slinn Pickings

  • Quantum leap: Magnetic properties of a single proton directly observed for the first time – Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz, together with their colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg and the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, have observed spin quantum-jumps with a single trapped proton for the first time.
  • The ChEMBL-og – Open Data For Drug Discovery: New Drug Approvals 2011 – Pt. XVIII Ezogabine (PotigaTM) – On June 10th, FDA approved ezogabine (trade name Potiga) to treat seizures associated with epilepsy in adults.
  • ‘Smart materials’ that make proteins form crystals to boost research into new drugs – Scientists have developed a new method to make proteins form crystals using 'smart materials' that remember the shape and characteristics of the molecule. The technique, reported today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, should assist research into new medicines by helping scientists work out the structure of drug targets.
  • Coming to TV screens of the future: A sense of smell – In a proof of concept paper published in Angewandte Chemie, the researchers demonstrate that it is possible to generate odor, at will, in a compact device small enough to fit on the back of your TV with potentially thousands of odors.
  • Nanoboxes given optoelectronic function – Scientists in the US have folded a nanoscale wafer of aluminium oxide, with a pattern of with gold on its surface, into a hollow cube, creating a tiny optoelectronic device. They have made the smallest ever 3D split-ring resonator, a device widely used in new metamaterials that have unusual physical and electronic properties.

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