NChem Research Highlights: Bidentate ligands, squares and chirality

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Monday morning usually means a big jug of coffee, discussions about points accrued over the weekend in the Nature fantasy football league and of course… Nature Chemistry Research Highlights.

First up, Steve discusses studies on the unexpected reactivity of bidentate ligands, carried out in my beautiful hometown of Durham.

Neil writes about a technique for creating nanoscale square patterns using the supramolecular assembly and controlled phase separation of diblock copolymers.

And Anne describes research that shows the transmission of chirality from a monomer to a solid mesoporous material during its polymeric synthesis.

And finally, since the closest I get to doing experiments these days is playing around in my kitchen (and as announced on the last ChemPod, I honestly do wear my Nature Chemistry lab coat when cooking) an interesting “”">taster" for a book called “The Hungry Scientist Handbook” caught my eye in Wired magazine.

Using kitchen equipment for science seems to be the order of the day. Over at Chemical Technology (once edited by our very own Dr. Withers) they’ve just published a story called “Lab-on-an-egg-beater”.


Gavin Armstrong (Associate Editor, Nature Chemistry)

Gavin Armstrong

Senior Editor, Nature Chemistry

I've been an editor at Nature Chemistry since April 2008 having worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry (at the Journal of Materials Chemistry and Soft Matter). I had a full head of dark hair when I joined. I graduated from the University of Leeds with an MChem in 2002, and stayed there to do a PhD in nonlinear chemical dynamics. My research focused on pattern formation and travelling waves in autocatalytic chemical systems. At Nature Chemistry I handle what would traditionally be called physical chemistry e.g. spectroscopy, theory, catalysis, reaction dynamics, photochemistry....