EurekAlert: Lehigh University awarded state grant to develop coronavirus-killing functional material

EurekAlert: Lehigh University awarded state grant to develop coronavirus-killing functional material. “Lehigh’s project will address the transmission of SARS CoV viruses, including COVID-19, through contact with common surfaces, such as in healthcare settings and in public spaces. The team seeks to ‘chemically functionalize’ these surfaces with a novel polymer coating that will incapacitate the virus and prevent further transmission. The coating, which will disable the outermost ‘lipid or fatty envelope’ of the virus, will have long-lasting effects compared with typical disinfectants and cleaning products that primarily destroy the existing virus but become ineffective after a short time.”

News Medical: New database of 14,000 known macrolactones could support drug discovery and research

News Medical: New database of 14,000 known macrolactones could support drug discovery and research. “Researchers from North Carolina State University and Collaborations Pharmaceuticals have created a free-to-use database of 14,000 known macrolactones – large molecules used in drug development – which contains information about the molecular characteristics, chemical diversity and biological activities of this structural class.”

PubChem Blog: Integration of WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE data with PubChem

PubChem Blog: Integration of WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE data with PubChem. “The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization that aims to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. WIPO provided PubChem with more than 16 million chemical structures searchable in its patent database called PATENTSCOPE.”

Wolfram Blog: 15 Ways Wolfram|Alpha Can Help with Your Classes

Wolfram Blog: 15 Ways Wolfram|Alpha Can Help with Your Classes. “Thinking back on those late-night study sessions, I would have saved a lot of time if I had properly used Wolfram|Alpha as a study tool. Because I was a biology major, many of the areas in which I most frequently sought information were related to scientific fields such as chemistry, but Wolfram|Alpha can be a valuable resource in so many more areas. Here are 15 applications of Wolfram|Alpha in topics beyond mathematics. I hope you will find these to be useful both inside and outside the classroom!”

Phys .org: UNT professor’s virtual lab may hold key to preventing undersea oil pipeline leaks

Phys .org: UNT professor’s virtual lab may hold key to preventing undersea oil pipeline leaks. “Complex organic chemistry experiments often take days or weeks to conduct in a laboratory, but not anymore. Oliviero Andreussi has created a virtual organic chemistry laboratory inside a supercomputer to conduct these same experiments in a matter of minutes.”

Phys .org: Can I mix those chemicals? There’s an app for that!

Phys .org: Can I mix those chemicals? There’s an app for that!. “Improperly mixed chemicals cause a shocking number of fires, explosions, and injuries in laboratories, businesses, and homes each year. A new open source computer program called ChemStor developed by engineers at the University of California, Riverside, can prevent these dangerous situations by telling users if it is unsafe to mix certain chemicals.”

News@Northeastern: He’s Training Computers To Find New Molecules With The Machine Learning Algorithms Used By Facebook And Google

News@Northeastern: He’s Training Computers To Find New Molecules With The Machine Learning Algorithms Used By Facebook And Google. “For more than a decade, Facebook and Google algorithms have been learning as much as they can about you. It’s how they refine their systems to deliver the news you read, those puppy videos you love, and the political ads you engage with. These same kinds of algorithms can be used to find billions of molecules and catalyze important chemical reactions that are currently induced with expensive and toxic metals, says Steven A. Lopez, an assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Northeastern.”

Hazardous substances: ECHA to launch first version of new database (ENDS Report)

ENDS Report: Hazardous substances: ECHA to launch first version of new database. “The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has set October 2020 as the provisional date for rolling out the first version of a database listing substances of concern in articles or complex products.”

Ars Technica: Scientists unlock the chemical secrets of a 19th-century photography technique

Ars Technica: Scientists unlock the chemical secrets of a 19th-century photography technique. “Mordançage is a photographic process that yields striking black-and-white photographs characterized by ghostly veiling effects. Scientists from George Mason University have recently figured out precisely what is happening chemically during the process, according to a recent paper in Analytical Chemistry.”

Ars Technica: Researchers find bug in Python script may have affected hundreds of studies

Ars Technica: Researchers find bug in Python script may have affected hundreds of studies. “In a paper published October 8, researchers at the University of Hawaii found that a programming error in a set of Python scripts commonly used for computational analysis of chemistry data returned varying results based on which operating system they were run on—throwing doubt on the results of more than 150 published chemistry studies.”

Daily Bruin: New organic chemistry website hopes to be engaging, interactive student resource

Daily Bruin: New organic chemistry website hopes to be engaging, interactive student resource. “The website, R/S Chemistry, focuses on teaching students principles of organic chemistry – a branch of chemistry that deals with carbon-based molecules. The website has three difficulties and two different modes that students can use to practice their skills. There is a learn mode with an interactive model to help students picture molecules in three dimensions, and an expert mode that tests their skills in a timed game.”

Royal Society of Chemistry: Lesson planning just got a whole lot easier

Royal Society of Chemistry: Lesson planning just got a whole lot easier. “We’ve launched our new education website that brings together all our support for chemistry teaching in one place. With just one simple and free registration, our users can now access Education in Chemistry articles, all of the teaching resources previously available from Learn Chemistry, the Chemistry Olympiad, Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, professional development and more.”

Phys .org: Chemists show how bias can crop up in machine learning algorithm results

Phys .org: Chemists show how bias can crop up in machine learning algorithm results. “A team of material scientists at Haverford College has shown how human bias in data can impact the results of machine-learning algorithms used to predict new reagents for use in making desired products. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes testing a machine-learning algorithm with different types of datasets and what they found.”

Chemistry World: Chemical safety database gets American Chemical Society and Iupac backing

Chemistry World: Chemical safety database gets American Chemical Society and Iupac backing. “A public database of hazardous chemical reactions launched in March 2017 by the US non-profit group Pistoia Alliance has secured the backing of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and its Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) – a massive index of research papers and compound structures. Pistoia created this Chemical Safety Library (CSL) as a tool for researchers to share and learn about lab accidents and thereby prevent repeat incidents, and these two new partners will develop and launch an updated, more user-friendly version of the database.”

The Chemistry Of Art: Scientists Explore Aged Paint In Microscopic Detail To Inform Preservation Efforts (ScienceBlog)

ScienceBlog: The Chemistry Of Art: Scientists Explore Aged Paint In Microscopic Detail To Inform Preservation Efforts. “Watching paint dry may seem like a boring hobby, but understanding what happens after the paint dries can be key in preserving precious works of art. The formation of metal soaps in artwork composed with oil paints can cause ‘art acne’ – including pimpling and more severe deterioration – which poses a pressing challenge for art conservation around the globe.”