Newsletter of Useful Web Sources No. 128 Subscribe FREE March 31, 2011 

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This issue of the newsletter highlights Web sites in the following categories:
Open access
Chemistry software
Chemical business
Reference works
The Alchemist pick


The official DB of FDA approved drug products allows you to search by drug name, active ingredient, or application number.

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Major publishers to launch open access initiatives:

Wiley is pleased to announce the launch of Wiley Open Access, a new publishing program of open access journals. Wiley Open Access journals are supported by a network of high-quality journals and societies as well as internationally-renowned editorial board members. The Wiley Open Access journals will be launching throughout 2011 and will be taking submissions soon.
Nature Publishing Group
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) today announces the 2011 launch of Scientific Reports. An online, open access, peer-reviewed publication, Scientific Reports will publish research covering the natural sciences - biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics. Scientific Reports is accepting submissions from today, and will publish its first articles in June 2011.

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Signals is a blog about the technology, business, and art of scientific software, with an emphasis on the Web, JavaScript, HTML5, and mobile devices.
Open Parser for Systematic IUPAC nomenclature (OPSIN)
Enter a chemical name into the box and then click submit. If the name can be interpreted, a depiction, a SMILES string, its InChI and its CML will be returned.

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Pharma outsourcing
"Successful chemistry outsourcing service providers bring an intellectual contribution to the projects they carry out for their drug company partners." Read the full story at the March 21th C&En issue:

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Material compatibility application
User interactive comparison of the compatibility of thousands of combinations of materials and gases / liquids.

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Tough as conch
A review of the literature by Cambridge chemist reveals that the nanoscopic structure of conch shells might be used as a model for creating composite materials as tough as steel but much less dense and perhaps far less costly to make in terms of energy and expense. The team discusses how the shell of the queen conch despite being little more than calcium carbonate and some organic matter is formed from nanoscopic single crystals in a cross-layered 3D structure that makes it as tough as mild steel pound for pound. This nanocrystalline structure prevents cracks from propagating through the shell. However, to make a truly biomimetic material, researchers will not only have to find a way to copy this structure they will also have to develop technology to heal any tiny cracks that form, something the living sea snail does with little effort in its battle against turtle jaws and crab claws.
Conch shell gives nano insights into composite materials

Read more hot chemistry news from's newsletter: The Alchemist.

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The 66th API China 21-23 April 2011 Chengdu
API China is China's leading exhibition for the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector covering the complete spectrum of products from raw material, fine chemical, intermediate, ingredients, processing machinery and packaging machinery. It is an event for international buyers to meet Asian sellers especially Chinese ingredients manufacturers.
Venue: Chengdu New International Convention & Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China

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Particle characterization
Micromeritics is a leading supplier of particle characterization analytical laboratory instruments for R&D, QA/QC, production, and process control applications. Characteristics determined include: particle size, surface area, pore volume, pore size, material density, catalytic activity, and active surface area. A Materials Analysis Laboratory provides sample analyses on a contract basis.

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