Research & Innovation

Science Information for Policymakers by Topic

A compilation of policy-relevant information on research and innovation from ACS’ policy briefings, PressPacs and news releases. Also includes reports from other institutions.

Congressional Briefings

Chemistry in the Press

  • Silicon oxide gets into the electronics action on computer chips
    Jan 19, 2011—In the materials science equivalent of a football fan jumping onto the field and scoring a touchdown, scientists are documenting that one fundamental component of computer chips, long regarded as a passive bystander, can actually be made to act like a switch. That potentially allows it to take part in the electronic processes that power cell phones, iPads, computers, and thousands of other products…
  • New “frozen smoke” material: One ounce could carpet three football field
    Jan 12, 2011—Scientists are reporting the development of a new, ultra-light form of “frozen smoke” — renowned as the world’s lightest solid material — with amazing strength and an incredibly large surface area. The new so-called “multiwalled carbon nanotube (MCNT) aerogel” could be used in sensors to detect pollutants and toxic substances, chemical reactors, and electronics components...
  • Seeing the invisible New CSI tool visualizes bloodstains and other substances
    Jan 12, 2011—Snap an image of friends in front of a window curtain and the camera captures the people - and invisible blood stains splattered on the curtain during a murder. Sound unlikely? Chemists from the University of South Carolina are reporting development of a camera with that ability to see the invisible, and more…


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