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Chemistry (CHE) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Illustration of the T. aurantiacus LPMO (gray) with cellulose Converting biomass to fuels
Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
Released  June 30, 2014
Illustration of simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate hydrolysis in water Computational science takes the Nobel stage
2013 Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry continue to develop important high performance computing methods
Released  February 11, 2014
Marie Curie in her lab Diversity in science
Celebrating Marie Curie's birthday means recognizing her courage, commitment and scientific genius
Released  November 7, 2013
Stephen DiMagno in his lab From fundamental science to Innovation Corps: Technology to develop new therapeutic medicines
Researcher founded company that manufactures molecules that become imaging agents for managing cancer, cardiac disease and neurological disorders
Released  August 15, 2013
Diagram showing an experimental polymer and molecular structures of various substances Center Creates Polymers Made From Safe and Renewable Natural Resources
Researchers partner with more than 25 companies to conduct research and development
Released  July 24, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013
Image of Winslow Homer's 1887 painting For to Be a Farmer's Boy. Capturing the Fugitive...in Art
Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) reveals invisible colors in art masterpieces
Released  April 4, 2011
Top: Scenes From the Life of Saint John the Baptist, Bottom: Cross section of paint layers. What Lies Beneath? Understanding Art Using Science
Scientists are using antibody-based techniques to identify and study the organic compounds used in paintings
Released  March 30, 2011
Illustration of sulfur dioxide molecules forming weak bonds with water molecules. The Water Dance
A myriad of methods for watching water molecules in motion advances critical understanding of biology, chemistry and climate science
Released  November 28, 2010
Photo of Jun Yao, a graduate student at Rice University. Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics
Released  October 8, 2010
Photo of Georgia Tech chemist Nicholas Hud in his laboratory. How Did Life Begin?
Georgia Tech professor Nicholas Hud and his students discover new evidence advancing the theory that certain small molecules may have acted as "molecular midwives" to help the first RNA and DNA molecules to form
Released  July 30, 2010
Photo of Charles Sykes and two graduate students using a scanning tunneling microscope. Chemist Aims to Turn Molecules Into Motors
Charles Sykes and his team use scanning tunneling microscopes to study novel molecular motors and rotors
Released  July 22, 2009
Graphical representation of seven test molecule structures. Video Game Technology and Science?
Chemists use the computer technology behind today’s video games to rapidly calculate the structure of molecules
Released  July 15, 2009
Smog over San Jose, California Every Breath You Take
Scientists search for an understanding of the air-water interface and its effect on air quality
Released  July 13, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Illustration depicting the relative sizes of the sun and Earth. Cheaper Plastic Solar Cells in the Works
South Dakota State University’s Diane Hinkens describes her work in an interdisciplinary research collaboration that is trying to design, synthesize and eventually fabricate a more efficient and less costly solar cell
Released  January 13, 2009
Counterfeit (left) and genuine (right) samples of artesunate from Cameroon. Fake Drugs Exposed by Rapid Chemical Assay
Forensic chemistry leads to shut down of large-scale drug counterfeiting operation in Southeast Asia
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo of hands holding conjugated polymers that change color and intensity when excited by light. The Choreography of Dancing Molecules
Photochemist Elizabeth Harbron and her students investigate the properties of conjugated polymers that can be activated by light
Released  August 5, 2008
Computer image of the CB[7] Ferrocene molecular container. Chemist 'Really Jazzed' About Creating New Molecules
Lyle Isaacs talks about cool things that chemists do, such as his work to build new molecular containers that are as good as what is found in nature
Released  July 18, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
A starburst of wrinkles form in a thin film material when a drop of water is placed on the film. A New Wrinkle in Thin Film Science
Simple, inexpensive way to measure material properties could impact cosmetics, coating and nanoelectronic industries
Released  August 3, 2007
"NanoBucky" is a 3-D nanoscale model made from tiny, carbon nanofiber "hairs." Getting a Feel for the Nano World
New models help introduce the blind to careers in nanoscale science and engineering
Released  March 27, 2007
A new type of glass may one day be used to deliver medicines inside the body. Melts in Your Body, Not in Your Hand
Super-stable glass may aid drug delivery through the body
Released  December 7, 2006
Researchers are using vitamin C (background) to craft certain plastics more efficiently. Vitamin C and Water Not Just Healthy for People -- Healthy for Plastics, too
New manufacturing techniques may lead to cheaper, "greener" plastics
Released  October 23, 2006
Scientists have developed a microfluidic system that successfully models blood clotting. Novel Laboratory Model Reveals Clues to How Blood Starts Clotting
Approach has potential to reveal mechanisms behind variety of reactions within the body
Released  October 17, 2006
Each rotating cyanide molecule throws back the surrounding water molecules. Frictionless Motion Observed in Water
Discovery could have fundamental implications for chemistry
Released  April 7, 2006
Students from across the Middle East grapple with a chemistry problem at the Petra workshop. Bonding in the Middle East
Nobel chemist helps young scientists across the region strengthen ties, work together
Released  April 6, 2006
The Purdue miniature mass spectrometer can easily be carried with one hand. Small, Ultra-fast and Ultra-versatile Scanner Takes Chemical Analysis to the Field
Surgical aid, medical diagnostic and bomb sniffer may be all in a day's work for this little machine
Released  March 16, 2006
Culture of white fungus Fantastic Fungus: Plant Biologist Discovers Natural Antimicrobial in Honduran Jungle
Montana State University professor Gary Strobel travels the world in search of exotic plants and the mysterious fungi that live inside them. Among his discoveries: a smelly white fungus that acts as a natural antimicrobial.
Released  October 5, 2005
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Univeristy produced a sample of the modified collagen. Modified Collagen Could Be a Boon for Medicine
Altered protein could help shape the growth of engineered tissue
Released  September 20, 2005

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