Each vial in NC State’s dye collection, a donation from Eastman Chemical, is labeled by hand. The oldest in the collection date to the 1940s.
Credit: Marc Hall/NC State
“In all honesty, I decided to be a chemist right after I found out I couldn’t be a cowboy.”
Melissa A. Hines, director, Cornell University Center for Materials Research
In a teeny tiny display of patriotism, researchers have made the world’s smallest Swiss national flag (5.6 nm wide) out of bromide ions (orange) on a sodium chloride surface (blue).
Credit: Nat. Commun.
“We learn the most from those that we have the least in common with.”
Joseph M. DeSimone,
Chancellor’s Eminent Professor Of Chemistry,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Credit: George Korir
Prototypes like the winner of the Science, Play & Research Kit (SPARK) competition, which houses its chemicals within a microfluidic chip, might be the chemistry sets of the future.
“Those who know nothing but chemistry don’t know that very well either.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, epigraph contributor, “Chemical poems: one on each element”
“It’s remarkable how many so-called breakthroughs you read about turn out to be nonsense.” – Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla
“Now we see how ditching the chemistry can really bite you in the ass.”
Professor of chemistry
Scripps Research Institute California
Bryan G. Fry, of Australia’s University of Queensland, collects venom from an inland Taipan snake.
Courtesy of Bryan Fry
“Remember to make time to think quietly and alone about science. It seems obvious, yet it’s so easy to forget.”
Matthew Sheldon, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Miniscientists: Lego toys crack glass ceiling.
Credit: Ellen Kooijman
“We have dispatched your communication to the printers but I cannot help feeling that you have been at the hashish again.”
Marshall D. Gates, Assistant editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, in a 1952 communication to Robert Burns Woodward regarding the proposal of ferrocene’s then-controversial sandwich structure
Credit: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
Dendrimersomes, which have diameters of about 100 nm or more, have concentric membranes, as shown in this cutaway image.
“A man trying to lead and be assertive is a leader, while a woman trying to lead and be assertive is seen as bossy or, frankly, a bitch.”
Theresa Vail, chemistry undergrad and Miss Kansas
James D. Batteas of Texas A&M University sports a packable poster.
Credit: Meagan Elinski/Texas A&M
“The nano is invisible, and images of it should be treated with care.”
James K. Gimzewski, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
To get the immune system to take on invaders, six immunoglobulin G antibodies assemble into a hexagon.