Julia Ortony: Concocting nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications

The MIT assistant professor is entranced by the beauty she finds pursuing chemistry.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Energy Initiative | Jan. 9, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering research faculty dmse chemistry nanoscience-and-nanotechnology renewable-energy water

Building a platform to image membrane proteins

Biologists devise an efficient method to prepare fluorescently tagged proteins and simulate their native environment.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: biology chemistry school-of-science bacteria disease research drug-development cells

A sign that aliens could stink

A molecule that’s known for its smelly and poisonous nature on Earth may be a sure-fire sign of extraterrestrial life.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics biology chemistry eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences kavli-institute planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Chemists glimpse the fleeting “transition state” of a reaction

New technique for observing reaction products offers insights into the chemical mechanisms that formed them.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 16, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemistry school-of-science department-of-energy-doe national-science-foundation-nsf


Chemists observe “spooky” quantum tunneling

Extremely large electric fields can prevent umbrella-shaped ammonia molecules from inverting.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Nov. 4, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemistry quantum-mechanics school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

New synthesis method yields degradable polymers

Materials could be useful for delivering drugs or imaging agents in the body; may offer alternative to some industrial plastics.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: chemistry research drug-delivery imaging polymers school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf

New process could make hydrogen peroxide available in remote places

MIT-developed method may lead to portable devices for making the disinfectant on-site where it’s needed.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry chemical-engeering water health developing-countries school-of-science school-of-engineering

Guided by AI, robotic platform automates molecule manufacture

New system could free bench chemists from time-consuming tasks, may help inspire new molecules.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | Aug. 8, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry chemical-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering drug-development artificial-intelligence pharmaceuticals defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa


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