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Congratulations to Andres Tretiakov, a lab technician at St. Paul’s School in London, who photographed element blocks that he’s creating to assemble a tangible periodic table.
Tretiakov will receive a $50 cash prize. A Grand Prize winner will be selected at the end of the year. They will get their photograph published in C&EN and receive a Canon Digital SLR Camera.

Enter our monthly photo contest here for your chance to win!

SELECTIVE

Scattered light from two different laser beams, one blue (445 nm wavelength) and one green (532 nm), passes through a filter that allows all wavelengths of light to pass through except 532 nm. Kenneth Hanson, who took this photo, says filters like this are useful in measuring photon upconversion, a process in which multiple photons of a given wavelength get absorbed and then emitted at a shorter wavelength. Here, the filter allows emitted light (around 450 nm) to pass while filtering out the high-intensity absorbed light (532 nm). Scientists are eyeing photon upconversion for use in solar energy applications.

Credit: Submitted by Kenneth Hanson (Enter our photo contest here)


SELECTIVE
Scattered light from two different laser beams, one blue (445 nm wavelength) and one green (532 nm), passes through a filter that allows all wavelengths of light to pass through except 532 nm. Kenneth Hanson, who took this photo, says filters like this are useful in measuring photon upconversion, a process in which multiple photons of a given wavelength get absorbed and then emitted at a shorter wavelength. Here, the filter allows emitted light (around 450 nm) to pass while filtering out the high-intensity absorbed light (532 nm). Scientists are eyeing photon upconversion for use in solar energy applications.
Credit: Submitted by Kenneth Hanson (Enter our photo contest here)

SELECTIVE

Scattered light from two different laser beams, one blue (445 nm wavelength) and one green (532 nm), passes through a filter that allows all wavelengths of light to pass through except 532 nm. Kenneth Hanson, who took this photo, says filters like this are useful in measuring photon upconversion, a process in which multiple photons of a given wavelength get absorbed and then emitted at a shorter wavelength. Here, the filter allows emitted light (around 450 nm) to pass while filtering out the high-intensity absorbed light (532 nm). Scientists are eyeing photon upconversion for use in solar energy applications.

Credit: Submitted by Kenneth Hanson (Enter our photo contest here)

GLASSWARE

C&EN readers Stuart and Martina Chambers, who recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary, used beakers and Erlenmeyer flasks as part of their 2012 chemistry-themed nuptials.

Credit: Courtesy of Martina Chambers

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Newscripts Oct. 13, 2012

GLASSWARE
C&EN readers Stuart and Martina Chambers, who recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary, used beakers and Erlenmeyer flasks as part of their 2012 chemistry-themed nuptials.
Credit: Courtesy of Martina Chambers
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Nerdy Nuptials
Pheromone Parties, Nerdy Nuptials, Wedding Day Preparedness
Newscripts Oct. 13, 2012

HYDROGEN-POWERED BOTTLE ROCKET

To simulate the main launch engines of the Space Shuttle program for school groups, Lucio Gelmini of MacEwan University fills a pop bottle with a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen gas. He then loads it into a polyvinylchloride (PVC) tube and ignites it using a barbeque lighter. In the distance at top left, the soaring pop bottle is visible.

Submitted by Lucio Gelmini (Gelminil@macewan.ca) (Enter our photo contest here)

HYDROGEN-POWERED BOTTLE ROCKET
To simulate the main launch engines of the Space Shuttle program for school groups, Lucio Gelmini of MacEwan University fills a pop bottle with a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen gas. He then loads it into a polyvinylchloride (PVC) tube and ignites it using a barbeque lighter. In the distance at top left, the soaring pop bottle is visible.
Submitted by Lucio Gelmini (Gelminil@macewan.ca) (Enter our photo contest here)

HYDROGEN-POWERED BOTTLE ROCKET

To simulate the main launch engines of the Space Shuttle program for school groups, Lucio Gelmini of MacEwan University fills a pop bottle with a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen gas. He then loads it into a polyvinylchloride (PVC) tube and ignites it using a barbeque lighter. In the distance at top left, the soaring pop bottle is visible.

Submitted by Lucio Gelmini (Gelminil@macewan.ca) (Enter our photo contest here)

CRYSTALLIZED

Formed over three days in methylene chloride and diethyl ether, these brilliant orange crystalline needles are made of a “half-sandwich” rhodium metal complex. This air- and water-stable complex could potentially behave as a catalyst in the water oxidation of aldehydes to carboxylic acids in aqueous solution. Developing catalysts that use water as an oxidant is highly desirable because of the benign and environmentally friendly nature of water compared to many other oxidants.

Credit: Submitted by Jeremy Tran (Enter our photo contest here.)

CRYSTALLIZED
Formed over three days in methylene chloride and diethyl ether, these brilliant orange crystalline needles are made of a “half-sandwich” rhodium metal complex. This air- and water-stable complex could potentially behave as a catalyst in the water oxidation of aldehydes to carboxylic acids in aqueous solution. Developing catalysts that use water as an oxidant is highly desirable because of the benign and environmentally friendly nature of water compared to many other oxidants.
Credit: Submitted by Jeremy Tran (Enter our photo contest here.)

CRYSTALLIZED

Formed over three days in methylene chloride and diethyl ether, these brilliant orange crystalline needles are made of a “half-sandwich” rhodium metal complex. This air- and water-stable complex could potentially behave as a catalyst in the water oxidation of aldehydes to carboxylic acids in aqueous solution. Developing catalysts that use water as an oxidant is highly desirable because of the benign and environmentally friendly nature of water compared to many other oxidants.

Credit: Submitted by Jeremy Tran (Enter our photo contest here.)

TWINNING

Studying the behavior of transition metal oxide nanomaterials, such as the one shown here, may one day lead to improved electronics and energy storage devices. Imaged by a transmission electron microscope, this HfO2 nanorod (about 33 nm long) contains multiple crystalline regions (shown in green and red) separated by twin boundaries.

Credit: Submitted by Sean Depner (Enter our photo contest here.); ACS Nano 2014, DOI: 10.1021/nn501632d

TWINNING
Studying the behavior of transition metal oxide nanomaterials, such as the one shown here, may one day lead to improved electronics and energy storage devices. Imaged by a transmission electron microscope, this HfO2 nanorod (about 33 nm long) contains multiple crystalline regions (shown in green and red) separated by twin boundaries.
Credit: Submitted by Sean Depner (Enter our photo contest here.); ACS Nano 2014, DOI: 10.1021/nn501632d

TWINNING

Studying the behavior of transition metal oxide nanomaterials, such as the one shown here, may one day lead to improved electronics and energy storage devices. Imaged by a transmission electron microscope, this HfO2 nanorod (about 33 nm long) contains multiple crystalline regions (shown in green and red) separated by twin boundaries.

Credit: Submitted by Sean Depner (Enter our photo contest here.); ACS Nano 2014, DOI: 10.1021/nn501632d

COLD SNAP

When water condenses on a cold surface in the presence of dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) or certain other small gas-phase molecules, a type of caged complex called a clathrate can form. In ambient conditions such as at a laboratory bench, water becomes ice, forming tiny cages around the small molecules. The phenomenon is common when a researcher filters CH2Cl2 solutions (shown here):  The evaporating solvent simultaneously cools the filter paper and saturates the immediate surroundings with gaseous CH2Cl2.

Credit: Sophia Lai

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COLD SNAP
When water condenses on a cold surface in the presence of dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) or certain other small gas-phase molecules, a type of caged complex called a clathrate can form. In ambient conditions such as at a laboratory bench, water becomes ice, forming tiny cages around the small molecules. The phenomenon is common when a researcher filters CH2Cl2 solutions (shown here):  The evaporating solvent simultaneously cools the filter paper and saturates the immediate surroundings with gaseous CH2Cl2.
Credit: Sophia Lai
Related C&EN Stories:
Mid-Atlantic Methane Mystery

COLD SNAP

When water condenses on a cold surface in the presence of dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) or certain other small gas-phase molecules, a type of caged complex called a clathrate can form. In ambient conditions such as at a laboratory bench, water becomes ice, forming tiny cages around the small molecules. The phenomenon is common when a researcher filters CH2Cl2 solutions (shown here):  The evaporating solvent simultaneously cools the filter paper and saturates the immediate surroundings with gaseous CH2Cl2.

Credit: Sophia Lai

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ALL THE WAY

A rare double rainbow takes shape above the 11th-century Church of Sant Miquel, in the province of Barcelona, Spain. When a person sees a rainbow, it’s because sunlight from behind them reflects and refracts in water droplets in the distance. Shorter wavelengths of light (blue hues) are scattered more easily by molecules and particles in the air than are long wavelengths (red hues), so at long distances and when there’s a heavy particle load in the air, reddish hues sometimes dominate, as seen here.

Credit: J.C. Casado/www.starryearth.com

ALL THE WAY
A rare double rainbow takes shape above the 11th-century Church of Sant Miquel, in the province of Barcelona, Spain. When a person sees a rainbow, it’s because sunlight from behind them reflects and refracts in water droplets in the distance. Shorter wavelengths of light (blue hues) are scattered more easily by molecules and particles in the air than are long wavelengths (red hues), so at long distances and when there’s a heavy particle load in the air, reddish hues sometimes dominate, as seen here.
Credit: J.C. Casado/www.starryearth.com

ALL THE WAY

A rare double rainbow takes shape above the 11th-century Church of Sant Miquel, in the province of Barcelona, Spain. When a person sees a rainbow, it’s because sunlight from behind them reflects and refracts in water droplets in the distance. Shorter wavelengths of light (blue hues) are scattered more easily by molecules and particles in the air than are long wavelengths (red hues), so at long distances and when there’s a heavy particle load in the air, reddish hues sometimes dominate, as seen here.

Credit: J.C. Casado/www.starryearth.com

SEPARATION

While carrying out a liquid-liquid extraction using dichloromethane and a sample of lake water, Jennifer Apell, a graduate student at MIT, observed the formation of an emulsion in the sample, likely due to the presence of certain chemicals in the water. When she let the dichloromethane and water separate, air bubbles became trapped by the emulsion layer at the dichloromethane/water interface, creating the effect seen in this picture. Apell is studying the bioavailable concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in contaminated water bodies to assess their risk to living organisms.  

Credit: Submitted by Jennifer Apell (Enter our photo contest here.)

SEPARATION
While carrying out a liquid-liquid extraction using dichloromethane and a sample of lake water, Jennifer Apell, a graduate student at MIT, observed the formation of an emulsion in the sample, likely due to the presence of certain chemicals in the water. When she let the dichloromethane and water separate, air bubbles became trapped by the emulsion layer at the dichloromethane/water interface, creating the effect seen in this picture. Apell is studying the bioavailable concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in contaminated water bodies to assess their risk to living organisms.   
Credit: Submitted by Jennifer Apell (Enter our photo contest here.)

SEPARATION

While carrying out a liquid-liquid extraction using dichloromethane and a sample of lake water, Jennifer Apell, a graduate student at MIT, observed the formation of an emulsion in the sample, likely due to the presence of certain chemicals in the water. When she let the dichloromethane and water separate, air bubbles became trapped by the emulsion layer at the dichloromethane/water interface, creating the effect seen in this picture. Apell is studying the bioavailable concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in contaminated water bodies to assess their risk to living organisms.  

Credit: Submitted by Jennifer Apell (Enter our photo contest here.)

Congratulations to our June and July winners of the monthly photo contest!

Brandon Vara and Ken Schwieter of the Johnston Chemistry Group at Vanderbilt University won in June for their photo of crystalline-needles.

Nicholas M. Randel, a grad student at the University of Saskatchewan, won in July for his photo of organic solar cell dyes.

Each won a $50 cash prize. A Grand Prize winner will be selected at the end of the year. They will get their photograph published in C&EN and receive a Canon Digital SLR Camera.

Enter our monthly photo contest here for your chance to win!

ATTACK

Colorized scanning electron microscope image (25,000x magnification) of filamentous Ebola virus particles (green) attached to and budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 kidney cell (blue). The recent Ebola outbreak, which began in Guinea in March, is the largest of its kind in history.

Credit: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

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ATTACK
Colorized scanning electron microscope image (25,000x magnification) of filamentous Ebola virus particles (green) attached to and budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 kidney cell (blue). The recent Ebola outbreak, which began in Guinea in March, is the largest of its kind in history.
Credit: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
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ATTACK

Colorized scanning electron microscope image (25,000x magnification) of filamentous Ebola virus particles (green) attached to and budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 kidney cell (blue). The recent Ebola outbreak, which began in Guinea in March, is the largest of its kind in history.

Credit: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

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EYE SEE YOU

Only short-wavelength light, with blue and green hues, penetrates deep underwater. So some fish native to those depths use fluorescent molecules in their tissues to display longer-wavelength colors such as red and orange. Researchers propose that the trait may have evolved to protect sensitive eye tissues, or it may be decorative, like the plumage on a parrot. In the photos, fish displaying this trait are shown under normal light (right) and under blue light that excites the red fluorescence in their tissues (left).

Credit: Proc. R. Soc. B 2014, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1211 

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EYE SEE YOU
Only short-wavelength light, with blue and green hues, penetrates deep underwater. So some fish native to those depths use fluorescent molecules in their tissues to display longer-wavelength colors such as red and orange. Researchers propose that the trait may have evolved to protect sensitive eye tissues, or it may be decorative, like the plumage on a parrot. In the photos, fish displaying this trait are shown under normal light (right) and under blue light that excites the red fluorescence in their tissues (left).
Credit: Proc. R. Soc. B 2014, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1211 
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Ultrasensitive Nanoprobes Illuminate pH Levels