Seeing Tiny Cancer "Markers" Sooner: Purdue Chemist Works on the 'Nano' Scale
If you have an interest in anything in the world, then you have an interest in chemistry because everything you hear, see, taste, smell and touch involves chemistry and chemicals. Our ability to understand the chemical make-up of things and chemical reactions has led to everything from modern food and drugs to plastics and computers.
21st Century Chemist Kent Kirshenbaum of New York University engineers and folds synthetic peptoids in hopes of creating “hunter-killer” molecules that can target and destroy deadly bacteria like staph (MRSA).
To operate and function efficiently, machines of all shapes and sizes need a source of energy. A series of innovations is helping to make energy conversion within fuel cells as efficient as possible.
Carlos Barrios tells us what it's really like to be a materials engineer
Graphene, one of the most promising chance discoveries in recent history
A new method for creating “synthetic diamonds” that not only creates larger diamonds, but also manipulates their toughness, hardness and color. Potential uses include cutting tools, electronics or optical materials.
Fire is one of humankind’s first technologies. We have been staring into the proverbial campfire for thousands of years. Yet, surprisingly there seems to be much more to learn. And now it’s becoming even more important to our collective future that we know as much as we can about fire.
We mark the award of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with a look at two other notable Nobel-worthy advances: discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a 'surprise' carbon allotrope.
The structure and behavior of H2O in liquid form.
The dirt on using ammonia as a cleaning agent
The history and the how behind the first synthetic fabric
By adding carbon fiber to concrete mixture, a slab of concrete is able to conduct electricity. “Smart concrete” has many potential applications, including helping structural engineers to identify trouble spots in a concrete structure long before stress or cracking is visible to the human eye.
Rommie Amaro tells us what it’s like to be a biophysical chemist
“The Chemistry of Ice” explains what happens when liquid H2O freezes into a solid crystal.
This video tracks the formation of snowflakes from their origins in bits of dust in clouds that become droplets of water falling to Earth.
This episode of Prized Science highlights the work of Robert Langer, Institute Professor at MIT.
Did you know approximately fifty percent of the nitrogen in our bodies comes from an industrial process called the Haber-Bosch process? How is this possible? And why is it important? And what the heck is nitrogenase? Watch and Learn! And find out more than you ever wanted to know about nitrogen.
Nanoscience has the power to shape a wide variety of future technologies that will impact modern life. Julia Bursten (University of Pittsburgh) discusses the need for a philosophy of nanoscience. Produced for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Video Contest.
A Swiss chemist tries to stain-proof tablecloths by coating them with a viscous cellulose-based liquid, but it peels off in clear sheets when it dries. That new material, when refined, revolutionizes the way food is packaged and sold.
Anita Kalathil tells us what it's really like to be a chemical engineer