Chemistry

Imaging molecules in different charge states

IBM researchers, along with collaborators at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and ExxonMobil, reported in the peer-review journal Science that they have been able to resolve with unprecedented resolution the structural changes of individual molecules upon charging.

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From Seed to Shelf: How IBM Innovations Will Transform Every Stage of the Food Supply Chain Within the Next Five Years

The annual 5 in 5 – five breakthroughs out of IBM's global labs that stand to help improve our lives in the next five years.

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IBM Launches Free AI Tool in the Cloud for Predicting Chemical Reactions

For more than 200 years, the synthesis of organic molecules has remained one of the most important tasks in organic chemistry. The work of chemists has scientific and commercial implications that range from the production of Aspirin to that of Nylon. Yet, little has been done to change age-old practices dramatically and allow a new […]

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Ink Spots to Put an End to Counterfeit Diagnostic Tests

Could tiny ink spots, the size of a pinhead, fight counterfeiting medical tests? We believe the answer is yes. This week at the Biosensors 2018 conference in Miami, I’m presenting a new research paper demonstrating how optical security codes, created by inkjet spotting patterns, can be used in combination with smartphones for authenticating medical tests. […]

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Hydrodynamics in Cell Studies

In collaboration with ETH Zurich, our team at IBM Research – Zurich published an article reviewing the interaction of liquid flows with biological cells. Our work was featured on the cover of the May 23 issue of Chemical Reviews, a highly-cited peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Chemical Society. The article highlights the importance […]

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A new molecule designed to kill deadly, drug-resistant superbugs

In 2016, I had a bacterial infection that I acquired after a routine knee surgery. Fortunately, my immune system reacted favorably to antibiotics, but had the bacteria been a “superbug,” resistant to medication, my story might have had a different ending. This incident inspired me to focus my work on discovering a new solution. With […]

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Thanksgiving Stuffing and Addressing the Concerns of Future Food Security

Today my American friends in the United States and across the global diaspora will enjoy Thanksgiving. Part of this festivity is the annual feast with family members, which traditionally includes turkey, vegetables, and many wheat-based products including buttermilk biscuits, pies and my favourite, stuffing. While we enjoy the variety of delicious food available to us, […]

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Oil and Water Really Do Mix: Simulating the world of micro-hydrodynamical phenomena

Have you ever wondered why milk is so white or why mayonnaise appears so thick and yet it can flow out of the bottle? Are you aware that these such substances are just oil and water mixed together though they look and feel like neither of them? It turns out that these delightful little mysteries […]

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How to measure a molecule’s energy using a quantum computer

Editor’s note: This article is by Abhinav Kandala, Antonio Mezzacapo, and Kristan Temme, IBM Research Simulating molecules on quantum computers just got much easier with IBM’s superconducting quantum hardware. In a recent research article published in Nature, Hardware-efficient Variational Quantum Eigensolver for Small Molecules and Quantum Magnets, we implement a new quantum algorithm capable of […]

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New discovery: Rapid preparation of high performance materials and coatings

From non-stick coatings on cookware to waterproof outdoor clothing, many of the things we use in our everyday lives rely on water-resistant or hydrophobic materials to function. In many cases, their ability to resist the absorption of water is due to their high fluorine content. An excellent example of this is Teflon®, a highly fluorinated […]

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From garbage to gold: How advances in plastic recycling can help save the environment

Growing up in Seattle made me aware and interested in the environment and its conservation, particularly through recycling. I wanted to help develop technologies that would protect the unique and delicate ecosystem that I saw around me. To channel this interest, I got my PhD. in organic synthesis and catalysis — focusing on small-molecule bond […]

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