The Alchemist Newsletter

The Alchemist begins this week with news of a superbug beater, muscular hydrogels for drug delivery and atom efficient organic chemistry. In analytical news we go microscopic while a way to tag biology for Raman scattering studies is revealed. Finally, chemists at Queen’s University Belfast are given a roll call for their work on decontamination […]

Pumping Iron: A Hydrogel Actuator with Mussel Tone

Using iron ions and chemistry found in the adhesive proteins of a certain mollusk, scientists have developed a hydrogel actuator that moves when its pH is raised. Hydrogels are soft networks of polymers with high water content, like jello. Because of their soft, gentle texture, they have the potential to interact safely with living tissues […]