NChem Research Highlights: Self-healing coatings, bacterial inhibitors and single-molecule magnets

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We have just the thing to pick you up from your post-weekend back-to-work blues: another selection of research highlights.

Our first highlight reports work on a clever self-healing coating, made-up of several nanolayers, that can heal itself after being scratched.

In the second selection, Ros highlights the synthesis of dendritic scaffolds that could have potential as bacterial infection inhibitors.

Single-molecule magnets are the focus of the third highlight, more specifically the modification of their properties by encapsulating them with polyoxometalate ligands.

And finally, following on from our previous post on periodic tables: Daniel over on “The Great Beyond” told us of a new and strange chemistry creature — a chemical element elephant.


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....