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Category: Chemical Engineering

Jones makes impact with Bayer

Alyson Jones spent her summer interning with Bayer in Kansas City. Photo courtesy of Alyson Jones. MU Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering undergraduate Alyson Jones maximized her engineering and leadership skills this summer, landing an internship with Bayer in Kansas City. Learn a little more about her internship in his own words. Jones: This summer with Bayer has been such an important experience for my career goals in so many ways. Chemical engineering is so broad and filled with opportunities.…

Lang learns leadership lessons from Pfizer

Kyle Lang spent his summer interning with Pfizer in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of Kyle Lang. MU Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering senior Kyle Lang maximized his engineering and leadership skills this summer, landing an internship with  Pfizer in St. Louis. Learn a little more about his internship in his own words. Lang: Beyond the many technical insights into the pharmaceutical industry, the most valuable lessons from my summer with Pfizer were to relax and bring energy to the office.…

Food profilers develop new methodological approach for food analysis — ScienceDaily

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology have developed a new methodology for the simultaneous analysis of odorants and tastants. It could simplify and accelerate the quality control of food in the future. Whether a food tastes good or not is essentially determined by the interaction of odors and tastants. A few trillionths of a gram per kilogram of food is enough to perceive some odorants. Tastants, on the other hand, we…

Strange bacteria hint at ancient origin of photosynthesis — ScienceDaily

Structures inside rare bacteria are similar to those that power photosynthesis in plants today, suggesting the process is older than assumed. The finding could mean the evolution of photosynthesis needs a rethink, turning traditional ideas on their head. Photosynthesis is the ability to use the Sun’s energy to produce sugars via chemical reactions. Plants, algae, and some bacteria today perform ‘oxygenic’ photosynthesis, which splits water into oxygen and hydrogen to power the process, releasing oxygen as a waste product. Some…

Atmosphere of midsize planet revealed by Hubble, Spitzer — ScienceDaily

Two NASA space telescopes have teamed up to identify, for the first time, the detailed chemical “fingerprint” of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. No planets like this can be found in our own solar system, but they are common around other stars. The planet, Gliese 3470 b (also known as GJ 3470 b), may be a cross between Earth and Neptune, with a large rocky core buried under a deep, crushing hydrogen-and-helium atmosphere. Weighing in at…

X-ray imaging provides clues to fracture in solid-state batteries — ScienceDaily

Solid-state batteries — a new battery design that uses all solid components — have gained attention in recent years because of their potential to hold much more energy while simultaneously avoiding the safety challenges of their liquid-based counterparts. But building a long-lasting solid-state battery is easier said than done. Now, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have used X-ray computed tomography (CT) to visualize in real time how cracks form near the edges of the interfaces between materials in…

Fingerprint spectroscopy within a millisecond

Researchers of Fraunhofer IAF will present their demonstrator of the measuring system at this year’s LASER World of PHOTONICS. Credit: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF To guarantee high quality pharmaceuticals, manufacturers need not only to control the purity and concentration of their own products, but also those of their suppliers. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF have developed a measuring system capable of identifying a wide variety of chemical and pharmaceutical substances…

‘DNA microscopy’ offers entirely new way to image cells — ScienceDaily

Microscopy just got reinvented — again. Traditionally, scientists have used light, x-rays, and electrons to peer inside tissues and cells. Today, scientists can trace thread-like fibers of nerves throughout the brain and even watch living mouse embryos conjure the beating cells of a rudimentary heart. But there’s one thing these microscopes can’t see: what’s happening in cells at the genomic level. Now, biophysicist Joshua Weinstein and colleagues have invented an unorthodox type of imaging dubbed “DNA microscopy” that can do…

Cutting potentially harmful chemicals like PFAS from consumer goods — ScienceDaily

Human exposure to unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals could be greatly reduced if manufacturers add chemicals only when they are truly essential in terms of health, safety and functioning of society. That’s the conclusion of a study published today in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In this study, researchers propose a framework based on the concept of “essential use” to determine whether a chemical is really needed in a particular…

Evidence from ancient burials at high elevations — ScienceDaily

Cannabis has been cultivated as an oil-seed and fibre crop for millennia in East Asia. Little is known, however, about the early use and eventual cultivation of the plant for its psychoactive and medicinal properties. Despite being one of the most widely used psychoactive drugs in the world today, there is little archaeological or historical evidence for the use of marijuana in the ancient world. The current study, published in the journal Science Advances, identified psychoactive compounds preserved in 2,500-year-old…