Cell’s skeletons get a closer look
Rice theoretical biophysicist Anatoly Kolomeisky and postdoctoral researcher Xin Li have developed a theoretical approach to analyze the process by which protein building blocks form the biopolymer skeletons of living cells. They detail their approach in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry.
Graphene oxide study is ‘ACS Editor’s Choice’
A new Rice University paper that details the mechanism behind the formation of
graphene oxide has been selected as an “Editor’s Choice” because of its
significance to the global science community, according to the American Chemical
Society (ACS). In January, ACS began selecting one paper a day from those accepted by its 44
journals to post to Editor’s Choice, as recommended by the journals’ editors.
Rice environmental engineer doubly honored
Groundbreaking research by Rice environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez and his
colleagues has earned two honors from the American Academy of Environmental
Engineers and Scientists. Alvarez will speak at the organization’s annual awards luncheon and conference
April 24 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Nanotracer tester tells about wells
A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a
nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information
for oil and gas producers. The device gathers data on how tracers – microscopic particles that can be
pumped into and recovered from wells – move through deep rock formations that
have been opened by hydraulic fracturing.