This year’s headlines from my monthly Research Highlights column on ChemistryViews.org
December — As benzene breathes, its aromaticity ebbs and flows according to new derivative current-density maps
November — New discovery not only hints at existence of “flexible” crystals, but also shows how such materials could be probed in greater detail
October — Two neighboring hydroxy groups on a benzene ring with an amino group just around the corner. Nothing too complicated really. Or is it?
September — Do herbal remedies like St. John’s wort live up to their claims or are they a source of additional complications?
August — As with any vice — Bieber, brews, or bars of chocolate — those who partake to excess will have a trove of excuses
July — ChemViews article and ensuing discussion has spawned a development in this field courtesy of UCLA chemistry professor E. Scerri
June — Mendeleev’s Periodic Table is, for many, the symbol of chemistry but is the current layout the best one?
May — The safety of nanoparticles is under constant examination and recent research suggests their toxicity does not depend on size
April — An acid chloride reportedly isolated from a fungus may not be a natural product after all
March — Ionic liquids can be used to cut greenhouse gas emissions in an example of green chemistry
February — Thirdhand smoke re-emitted from surfaces could pose long-term health risk while firsthand smoke does damage in minutes
January — Two bond or not two bond? That is a question of X-ray crystal structure interpretation, especially for cyclobutadiene.