The meeting is coming to a close, and I’ve run out of time to tell all about many of the talks I’ve seen. But watch out for a news story later this week about some exciting cometary origins-of-life news.
Catching disease early, particularly cancer, can make a huge difference when successfully treating that disease. Luckily, we have nanoparticles to help us. Molly Stevens from Imperial College London has developed a fiendishly simple test for disease-related proteases. Read all about it over at Nature News.
Today I learned how shining different coloured lights on solutions of silver ions, or silver nanoparticles, can make triangular prisms of silver grow. Chad Mirkin from Northwestern University, showed us this neat trick. The prisms are incredible – all exactly the same size and shape. Read more
Eugene Zubarev from Rice University spoke at the ACS meeting this morning about some other successes in using nanoparticles, made from gold, for treating cancer. And it’s pretty neat stuff. Zubarev has been findings ways to make the well-used cancer drug paclitaxel, or more commonly known as taxol, more efficient, and less toxic.
Hello from sunny San Francisco! I’m at one of the biggest meetings of the year – the American Chemical Society spring meeting. Gathered together are over 16,000 chemists, giving between them over 13,000 presentations (you’ll forgive me if I don’t write about all of them).
The theme of this meeting is chemistry for a sustainable world. We’ll be hearing from some of the world’s leading authorities on green chemistry, and learning about efforts that continue to improve chemical processes, and technologies whether they are better synthesis methods or advances in renewables technology.