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In a paper appearing on Feb. 28 on the cover of the journal Nature, Dr. Lauren Zarzar and her group describe how a surface covered in a fine mist of transparent droplets and lit with a single white light lamp can produce bright, iridescent colors if each tiny droplet is precisely the same size. This newly explained form of structural color could aid in the development of brilliantly-colored cosmetics, color-changing paints, or adaptive camouflage.
The Boal group (PSU Chemistry/BMB) teamed up with the Balskus lab at Harvard University to solve the first structure of a non-heme-iron-dependent N-N bond-forming enzyme, SznF, published online in Nature.
The body’s protein-building process generates a mechanical force as it produces these important cellular building blocks. Now, the O'Brien group suggests they are one step closer to understanding that force. They also built a mathematical model to help guide scientists with future investigations into how the body creates proteins.
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Chemistry faculty are now able to submit nominations for the Peter Craig Breen Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Chemistry Research. The award is available to all junior and senior chemistry majors with a record of excellence in academics and research. All nominations should be submitted by March 31, 2019 to Kate Masters (firstname.lastname@example.org) and be accompanied by a letter of recommendation.