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Chemistry and Engineering of Shale Gas and Tight Oil Resources Development: Workshop in Brief (2015)

Oil and gas exploration in the United States has expanded with the increased use of horizontal, or directional, drilling to facilitate the recovery of shale gas and tight oil resources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) estimates that 25,000 to 30,000 new hydraulic fracturing wells were drilled each year between 2011 to 2014 (U.S. EPA, 2015) , and the impact of those wells and the use of hydraulic fracturing has been a topic o... More >>

Mesoscale Chemistry: A Workshop Report (2015)

In the last few decades great strides have been made in chemistry at the nanoscale, where the atomic granularity of matter and the exact positions of individual atoms are key determinants of structure and dynamics. Less attention, however, has been paid to the mesoscale - it is at this scale, in the range extending from large molecules (10 nm) through viruses to eukaryotic cells (10 microns), where interesting ensemble effects and th... More >>

The Global Movement and Tracking of Chemical Manufacturing Equipment: A Workshop Summary (2014)

Concerns about the dual-use of chemical manufacturing equipment for the production of chemical warfare agents have led to the development of export-control regulations worldwide. But in recent years, the globalization of the chemical industry has made it more difficult to monitor the movement and use of chemical manufacturing equipment, and has made existing regulations and treaties less effective. Adapting to these changes will be necessary t... More >>

Undergraduate Chemistry Education (2014)

Chemistry coursework is part of many undergraduate degree programs, from pre-medicine to environmental science, and from biology to chemical engineering -- making effective science education an important topic to the chemistry community. Now, new Medical College Admission Test requirements may change the way chemistry is taught to pre-med students, driving a surge of interest in undergraduate chemistry education. The National Research Council'... More >>

Technological Challenges in Antibiotic Discovery and Development: (2014)

As antibiotic resistance emerges as an increasingly serious public health threat, needs are growing for new antibiotics that can overcome or bypass resistance to existing therapies. However, researchers face a number of technological challenges, including discovery of new antibiotic compounds, identifying new drug targets, and developing methods for delivering the drugs to sites of infection in the body. A recent Chemical Sciences Roundtabl... More >>