March 26, 2012 Issue | Chemical & Engineering News
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March 26, 2012 Issue

Volume 90, Issue 13

March 26, 2012 Issue, Vol. 90 | Iss. 13

Big-Picture Thinker

Priestley Medalist Robert Langer’s entrepreneurial streak traces back to his dream of improving people’s lives
By Celia Henry Arnaud
(pp. 15-18)

Serious Surfaces

Material innovations on the exterior of consumer products bring new functionalities (pp. 28-33)
Government & Policy

Living Lab

Public-private effort creates a structural biology center (pp. 43-44)
Back Issues

Cover Story: Big-Picture Thinker

The Struggles And Dreams Of A Young Chemical Engineer
(pp. 20-24)
MicroCHIPS Announces Results Of Human Trial
Odd One Out
Living Proof Targets Personal Care Market Rather Than Medicine
Bob Langer’s Quarter-Century Of Companies
(pp. 16-17)

News of the Week

Watching Battery Anodes In Action

Electrochemistry: Microscopy reveals unusual phase transformation in high-capacity material

Chemists For Hire

ACS News: Unemployment rate of 4.6% for ACS members in 2011 is highest on record

Joining Forces For Food Safety

Instrumentation: Agilent, FDA team up to improve methods for pathogen detection, seafood identification

European Groups Set Up Venture Funds

Investment: Wellcome Trust and Index Ventures increase support for emerging biotech firms

Opioid Receptors Revealed

Structural Biology: Teams unveil structures of membrane proteins involved in pain, pleasure signaling

Bee Deaths And Seed Treatments

Insecticides: Corn-sowing technique may contribute to honeybee deaths

Taming Diazomethane

Organic Synthesis: Hazardous reagent generated without distillation

A Stable Germanone At Last

Main-Group Chemistry: Japanese researchers isolate the first heavy ketone homolog

Communicating Hazards

Regulation: OSHA adopts global system for chemical safety information



Merger of multiple businesses has created a diversified supplier of intermediates
(pp. 34-35)
Material innovations on the exterior of consumer products bring new functionalities
(pp. 28-33)
Concentrates(pp. 26-27)
  1. Styrolution Reveals Strategy
  2. Italy’s Eni Plans Chemicals Revamp
  3. Chemtura Boosts Its Urethane Prepolymers
  4. Shell Selects U.S. Cracker Site
  5. Dow, DuPont Open Research Centers
  6. Shin-Etsu Picks China For Rare-Earth Alloys
  7. Trade Decision Hits China On Solar Cells
  8. Albemarle To Make Biofuel For Navy
  9. European Consortium Seeks Autism Drugs
  10. Bend Delves Into Biotherapeutics
  11. Rivertop Will Expand Glucarate Production
  12. AstraZeneca, Merck Drop Drug Candidates
  13. Alcon Buys Into Eye Disease Drug
  14. Business Roundup

ACS News

(pp. 55-57)
(pp. 55-57)
(pp. 55-57)
(pp. 20-24)
Obituaries(pp. 58-59)
  1. Richard F. W. Bader
  2. Alan R. Bandy
  3. Sidney W. Benson
  4. Eliot A. Butler
  5. Horace G. (Hank) Cutler
  6. David W. Emerson
  7. T. Lloyd Fletcher
  8. Kurt C. Schreiber
  9. David B. Todd

Government & Policy

New law sparks competition among states for satellite offices
(pp. 37-39)
Online petition attracts more than 40,000 signatures to protest proposed government R&D cuts and hiring freeze
(pp. 40-42)
Public-private effort creates a structural biology center
(pp. 43-44)
  1. Supreme Court Limits Some Medical Patents
  2. Notice For New Uses Of Chemicals Proposed
  3. Lawmaker Requests Bisphenol A Ban
  4. U.S., U.K. Renew Science Cooperation
  5. Senate Nixes Natural Gas Vehicle Subsidies

Science & Technology

Study validates that chemical exposures in the womb can trigger changes in gene expression
Priestley Medalist Robert Langer’s entrepreneurial streak traces back to his dream of improving people’s lives
(pp. 15-18)
Science draws on the wispy material’s properties to make new types of functional materials
(pp. 48-51)
Concentrates(pp. 46-47)
  1. Chiral Counterion Enables Asymmetric C–C Coupling
  2. Indole Triggers Bacterial Persistence
  3. Pinpointing Gold’s Location In Zeolites
  4. Gas Worse Than Diesel For Creating Aerosols In Air
  5. Superglue For Cells
  6. Thermally Stable Nisin Analogs Found
  7. Nickel Complex Sorts Out Xylenes
  8. Single Gene Tracks Cells In Multiple Ways



Editor's Page



Letters(pp. 4-7)
  1. Not High On Coke
  2. Low ACS Voter Turnout
  3. Why Aspire To Science?
  4. Human Rights And Indigenous Peoples
  5. Asthma And Acetaminophen
  6. Chemical Safety: Dangers Of Sodium Formate
  7. All Letters
  8. All Safety Letters