One bond can make all the difference
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.
One common belief is that a compound in turkey known as tryptophan makes people especially drowsy, but we're here to debunk this holiday myth.
Nina Ruelle tells the story of Tyrian Purple, a dye created from the marine snail known as Bolinus brandaris
"Chemistry of Fear and Fright" explains how two hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, work to trigger a cascade of "fight or flight" fear responses when you're confronted by a spider, great height or snake.
In this video, Professor Bruce E Logan from Pennsylvania State University shows us a microbial fuel cell, a device that can extract the energy from wastewater and turn it into electricity.
This video uses common table salt to explain and illustrate what happens between the electrons and protons in atoms of the element sodium and atoms and the element chlorine to make crystals of sodium chloride.
Plant fungi & bacteria called "endophytes" fueling breakthroughs in energy, medicine and more
This video tells the story of how the world's most used plastic was first formed and developed into the "miracle" material of post-WWII America.
This episode of Prized Science features celebrated chemistry professor Diane Bunce, winner of the ACS George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education.
Vicki Grassian helps scientists better understand the complex and wide ranging behavior of dust particles. Vicki's work paints a clearer picture of atmospheric chemistry and the role particulate matter plays in the environment.
The links between molecule structure and physical properties.
Peter Stang is the winner of the 2013 American Chemical Society Priestley Medal, the highest honor given by ACS, for his work building new molecules via "self-assembly," an approach inspired by nature.
Responding to the months-long oil spill from a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, a team of polymer chemists in Mississippi set to inventing a non-toxic chemical dispersant that could break up oily deposits without harming marine or wetlands wildlife.
Prickly pear cacti may be natural, cheaper answer to water cleanup
From Metal To Plastic: Iowa State Chemist Works On Organic Semiconductors
Georgia Tech Chemist Works to Detect "Fake" Medicines
Georgia Tech chemist Stefan France describes his work designing molecules he hopes will combat Alzheimer's
A profile of North Carolina State "green" chemist Elon Ison, who is designing catalysts to make safer, cleaner alternative fuels.
How are scientists monitoring CO2 around the globe?
Peter Wolynes, winner of the 2012 ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry, spent his career untangling the process of protein folding and discovered a process through which these chain molecules tumble into shape. His discovery may help usher in new techniques for personalized medicine and reveal how protein mutations affect the body.