Archive by date | March 2011

ACS: All in good taste

My first highlight of the meeting was Eric Anslyn’s talk ’ Mimicking the mammalian chemical senses using supramolecular chemistry’. Here I learned that, like me, Anslyn is a Coca-Cola man…by which I mean that he doesn’t like the taste of the diet version – I presume this applies to other soda brands as well. It’s not just him though, his chemistry can tell the difference too.  Read more

Reactions – Graham Saunders

Graham Saunders is in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, and works principally on investigating the chemistry of transition metal complexes of fluorinated ligands, most recently N-heterocycle carbenes, and using transition metal complexes to break C–F bonds.  Read more

Elemental examples

You might have heard by now that we are running an essay competition (I promise we won’t keep banging on about it quite so much for a little while) – unless you happen to be at the upcoming ACS meeting in Anaheim… if you swing by booth 1020 at the expo, you might hear a little more about it!  Read more

Essay competition: Meet the judges

Hello from London, where I have temporarily set up camp in light of the uncertain situation in Toyko in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan. We have seen poignant images and videos, including some pictures of a damaged chemistry lab in Tohoku University, and the various consequences — or potential consequences — of the earthquake and tsunami are being widely discussed in the media and on the internet (including Derek Lowe’s take on why Americans certainly shouldn’t rush to take potassium iodide tablets). Like everyone else, I am very much hoping that the situation at the Fukushima site will soon be under control (and that we can go home in the very near future), and I hope I’ll be able to help the disaster-struck areas in some way (at the moment I have settled for donating money).  Read more

Bells and whistles

Those of you who read the html versions of our pages may have noticed some enhanced features related to the chemical structures. For example, if you mouse-over a bold compound number in an article, a pop-up box showing the structure of the compound will appear. If you click on the bold compound number, you will be whisked away to a compound information page that gives you even more data about the compound – as well as an interactive 3D structure.  Read more


I just wanted to plug a couple of editorials that have appeared recently in other Nature-branded journals, and see if the chemistry community has any feedback they wanted to share here on the blog – or, indeed, by contacting the journals in question. Before you click the full-text links below, both of the editorials are free to access if you are registered on (this process is free) or, of course, a subscriber. (As far as I am aware, editorials in all the Nature physical sciences titles – including Nature Chemistry – are free to registrants).  Read more