NChem Research Highlights: superconductivity, protein folding and cross-coupling

Time for our next trio of research highlights

It might not have escaped your notice that some people have made a new family of high-Tc superconductors…here’s a piece about the 43 K samarium one. Of course, this field is moving terrifying quickly at the moment, so I’m sure my story’s out of date by now! The physics pre-print server ArXiv for this area is about as up to date as you’re going to get.

Proteins that have unfolded, or folded up the wrong way, are responsible for some pretty nasty diseases (Alzheimer’s, CJD), so being able to re-fold them to more or less their original state would be quite handy – this one’s about gold nanoparticles used to that effect.

All you synthetic organic chemistry junkies out there will no doubt be big fans of the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling already, but have you thought about trying it with simple aryl methyl ethers? These guys have…

And finally, here’s a link that will make you very glad you’re a chemist. The headline says it all: Zombie caterpillars controlled by voodoo wasps. There’s even a movie for the iron-stomached among you.


Neil Withers (Associate Editor, Nature Chemistry)