Newsletter of Useful Web Sources No. 117 Subscribe FREE April 30, 2010 

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Reference Works
Chemistry journals
Pharma business
The Alchemist pick


Microsoft creates chemistry set for Word
The Chemistry Add-in for Word makes it easier for students, chemists, and researchers to insert and modify chemical information, such as labels, formulas and 2-D depictions, from within Microsoft Office Word. In addition to authoring functionality, Chem4Word enables user denotation of inline “chemical zones,” the rendering of high-quality and print-ready visual depictions of chemical structures, and the ability to store and expose semantic-rich chemical information in a semantically rich manner.
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ACS iPhone App
American Chemical Society announces ACS Mobile – a new iPhone application delivering fast-breaking research reports, science news. The new App. provides readers with an up-to-the-minute live stream of peer-reviewed research content published across the Society’s preeminent portfolio of scholarly research journals, and is augmented by "Latest News" from Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN).

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Top chemistry programs 2010
2010 US news Ranking for graduate program in chemistry.
Information about ranking methodology can be found here:

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Pharma outsourcing
"Economists are calling the past 24 months or so the Great Recession, but you wouldn’t know it during a visit to a typical drug discovery lab or pharmaceutical chemical manufacturing plant. That’s because the discovery, development, and commercialization of new active pharmaceutical ingredients is a multiyear endeavor that transcends business cycles. From initial discovery to market launch, the process of creating a new drug can encompass multiple economic ups and downs." Read the full story at the March 15th issue of C&En.

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Environmental digital library
University of North Texas Digital Libraries just released an Environmental Science Digital Collection. There are currently 285 digital documents.

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Terminal improvement for solar cells
Inexpensive photovoltaic solar cells remain elusive, especially when considering those based on dye-coated titanium dioxide. These devices are less efficient than silicon based PV cells but would have several advantages if only the electrolyte problem could be solved. The most efficient electrolyte uses an iodide-triiodide couple, but this not only absorbs and dissipates useful light but also corrodes silver electrical contacts. Now, the inventor of this type of PV cell, Michael Graetzel of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, has developed a novel electrolyte using a disulfide-thiolate redox couple that gives a power conversion efficiency of 6.4%, and does not lead to terminal corrosion.
New electrolyte for dye-based solar cells

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

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The 64th API China 18-20 May 2010 Harbin
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, to processing and packaging machinery. It is an event for international buyers to meet Asian sellers, especially Chinese ingredients manufacturers. Place: Harbin International Conference Exhibition and Sports Center in Harbin, China

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SpeChem China 2010
SpeChem China 2010 will be held at Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center on Dec. 1-3, 2010. Organized by CCPIT Sub-Council of Chemical Industry, the professional international trade promotion organization in China Chemical Industry, and Zhejiang Netsun Co., Ltd., which owns the famous chemical website:, SpeChem China is the leading exhibition in China Fine & Specialty Chemical Industry.

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