The Biochemistry of Fall Foliage
Bernhard Kräutler, a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, explains the biochemical processes that help trees create their autumnal color displays. Don’t miss this colorful lecture.
Researchers Isolate Possible Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers; Find Biomarker Loads Can Vary With Disease Stage
Researchers from North Carolina State University utilized a highly sensitive mass spectrometry analysis to identify and measure difficult-to-detect N-glycan biomarkers associated with ovarian cancers in stages I – IV. In a surprising finding, the researchers determined that the level of […]
The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder
Note: This post is part of an ongoing series in which we try to answer questions about the science behind food – from farm to fork. If you have a food-related question, please let me know at email@example.com. What’s the […]
Lignin Breakthroughs Serve as GPS for Plant Research
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed the equivalent of GPS directions for future plant scientists to understand how plants adapt to the environment and to improve plants’ productivity and biofuel potential. Two articles published March 11 in The […]
A Radical Approach to Defense
When are free radicals good for you? When your next door neighbor produces a toxic chemical soup. Behold the lowly marine worm, Amphitrite ornata. It’s red, looks like spaghetti and spends all of its time sifting through seafloor mud for […]
Why a New Catalyst for Hydrogen Production May Be a Big Deal
A research team led by Linyou Cao at NC State has shown that a one-atom thick film of molybdenum sulfide (MoS2 ) may work as an effective catalyst for creating hydrogen. Hydrogen holds great promise as an energy source, but […]
Chemistry undergrads are learning to make helpful medicines from harmful bacteria. Their hands-on research could produce healing results.
Hanck Honored for Service
The Department of Chemistry honored assistant head professor Kenneth W. Hanck for his 43 years of service to the university by dedicating the Dabney 210 conference room in his name.
Hungry? Print a Pizza
You’re just dying for a pizza: gooey cheese, sweet tomato sauce, blistered crust. One problem: You’re millions of miles away from a pizza place, flying in some sort of spaceship toward Mars. Domino’s definitely doesn’t deliver up here, pal, so […]
New Mechanism Converts Natural Gas to Energy Faster, Captures CO2
Chemical engineering researchers have identified a new mechanism to convert natural gas into energy up to 70 times faster, while effectively capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). “This could make power generation from natural gas both cleaner and more […]