Chiral Catalyst Leads To New Stereopolymer

Polymer Science: Process marries right- and left-handed polymer chains to create a stereocomplex material with commodity potential Steve Ritter Taking advantage of a chiral cobalt catalyst, chemists this year copolymerized propylene oxide enantiomers and succinic anhydride to form poly(propylene succinate), the first member of a new class of thermoplastics (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, DOI: […]

Activist Funds Shape Chemical Firms

Finance: Hedge funds gave voice to disgruntled shareholders Alexander H. Tullo In September, Seifi Ghasemi stood before a financial conference in New York City and said he had personally met more than 3,000 employees at Air Products & Chemicals in the 75 days since he took over the top job at the firm. Ghasemi said […]

Food Babe Strikes Again

Chemophobia: A blogger’s growing voice has food makers acting, even if her science is shaky Alex Tullo Vani Hari, also known as the Food Babe, isn’t a food scientist or a chemist. But her 4 million-strong blog following gives her a formidable constituency. The food industry is paying attention. This year, the Subway sandwich chain […]

The Most Cited Chemistry Papers Published, 2004–14

Mitch Garcia Citations are often used to measure quality in the chemical literature. C&EN, in collaboration with Chemical Abstracts Service, has tabulated the most cited chemistry work published in the past decade (2004–14), and here are the top five. Although there are not many surprises on the list, the senior author of the second-most-cited paper, […]

Sneaking A Look At Sugars—Inside Cells

Bioorthogonal Chemistry: Carbohydrate labeling strategy has come a long way in 10 years Stu Borman In 2004, Carolyn R. Bertozzi of the University of California, Berkeley, and coworkers took a key step toward imaging carbohydrates to study their roles in live animals. They visualized cell surface glycans by injecting into mice a functionalized metabolic sugar […]