After all the tumult and turmoil, the new US administration has hit the ground running – with a focus on science and a bold list of targets for its first 100 days. On the day of his inauguration, President Joseph Biden signed a whole slew of executive orders, reversing many legislative actions of the previous administration. Read C&I Magazine.
Photodetectors to detect long wavelength infrared (LWIR) are highly sought after for applications in earth science and astronomy, remote sensing, night vision, optical communication, and thermal and medical imaging. Read the article in C&I magazine.
All the latest mergers and acquisitions, major projects and investments throughout the chemical industry for February 2021.
A two-pronged antibiotic strategy has shown promise against difficult-to-treat bacteria. Researchers at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia targeted an enzyme IspH used by bacteria to make isoprenoids, essential for cell walls and energy production
Adding a portion of mushrooms to the diet increased intake of important micronutrients, including vitamin D, a new study has shown (Food Sci. Nutrition, doi: 10.1002/fsn3.2120 ). Read the article in C&I magazine.
Microfluidic technologies are rapidly becoming the method of choice for micro- and nanoparticle production across a number of sectors, from cell biology research to drug development. This approach offers a number of advantages over traditional batch methods, including precise process control, enhanced reliability, and the ability to easily scale up production. Read more in C&I Magazine.
A testosterone-containing nasal spray has been tested as an anxiety medication in women by scientists in the US. The spray would be the first testosterone therapy licensed to treat anxiety disorders, say researchers at the University of Texas, Austin. The Austin group is preparing to publish results from two studies on the effect of the testosterone spray on women. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Chemicals major Ineos has donated £100m to the University of Oxford to establish a new antimicrobials research facility in the city – claimed to be ‘one of the largest ever donations to a UK university’. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Battery scientists have described a selfheating battery that quickly reaches 60°C and is rapidly charged and discharged. The battery, based on lithium iron phosphate (LFP), could boast a range of 250 miles and be charged in 10 minutes.
Scientists have constructed for the first time a metamaterial with mechanical properties that can be reprogrammed after manufacture – by applying an applied external magnetic field (Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-03123-5).