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Discovery and Development of Penicillin
International Historic Chemical Landmark
The introduction of penicillin in the 1940s, which began the era of antibiotics, has been recognized as one of the greatest advances in therapeutic medicine. The discovery of penicillin and the initial recognition of its therapeutic potential occurred in the United Kingdom, but, due to World War II, the United States played the major role in developing large-scale production of the drug, thus making a life-saving substance in limited supply into a widely available medicine.
Chlorofluorocarbons and Ozone Depletion
A National Historic Chemical Landmark
Rowland, a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, and Molina, a postdoctoral fellow in Rowland’s laboratory, had shown that chlorofluorocarbons—CFCs—could destroy ozone, a molecule made up of three oxygen atoms, O3, in Earth’s stratosphere. That stratospheric ozone absorbs ultraviolet radiation that otherwise would reach the surface of Earth. At the time, CFCs were in wide use in refrigeration, air conditioning and aerosol spray cans. The compounds are inert and essentially nontoxic, characteristics that made them well-suited for these applications. These same characteristics, however, also made them a danger to life on Earth
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ACS eBooks contain peer-reviewed, novel research that provide a deeper look into a topic. Our eBooks cover research from 1949 to the present and provide over 37,000 chapters across more than 1,600 books. These books contain essential research by the world’s leading scientists, including the work of 41 Nobel Laureates. You’ll find relevant content in almost every discipline impacted by chemistry, including policy, history, and education. 

Who is it for?
With the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of science, it can be difficult to learn everything needed for a project. Because each eBook focuses on one topic, it’s easy for researchers to get a technical overview of the subject. For professors, eBooks can provide an excellent teaching resource on the chosen topic without requiring students to buy yet another book. Assign individual chapters or entire books as needed to supplement curriculum.

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You can choose recent books (2018–present), eBooks Archives (1949– 2017), or a combination of both.
Each chapter is authored by an expert in the field, and the collection of chapters is edited by internationally recognized leaders in the field. They cover a broad range of topics, including agricultural and food chemistry, cellulose and renewable materials, chemical education, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials, and many others. 

Sex, Smoke, and Spirits: The Role of Chemistry
by Brian Guthrie

Compiling recent advances in the chemistry of sex, smoke, and spirits, this work showcases applications of common methods of analysis and mechanistic learning to diverse subjects. This work addresses emerging concerns about environmental smoke, the under-representation of the chemistry of attraction, and challenges in the analyses of alcoholic beverages. Researchers practicing these methods and those active in the chemical origins of sensations, including analysis and mechanisms of formation, will find this book useful.

Multiphase Environmental Chemistry in the Atmosphere
by Sergey A. Nizkorodov, Sherri W. Hunt, Alexander Laskin

This book is based on a selection of presentations given at the very successful symposium "Multiphase Chemistry of Atmospheric Aerosols" held at the 2017 ACS Fall meeting and attended by a large number of researchers. This symposium provided an excellent opportunity to hear about multiple aspects of atmospheric multiphase chemistry from a diverse spectrum of presenters, including laboratory and field experimentalists and modelers. Similarly, by presenting the material in a single edited book, we hope to encourage cross-disciplinary thinking among these topics so that more scientists can imagine solutions to the challenges of understanding and mitigating the effects of atmospheric aerosols.

The chapter authors begin with introductory material addressing scientists who may work in a broad range of disciplines, and then move to more specific details for the experts in the field. Therefore, this book should be an excellent resource for those just starting in the field of atmospheric chemistry and for those who want to initiate new research directions with a mix of basics and some of the newest advances.

The Posthumous Nobel Prize in Chemistry:
Ladies in Waiting for the Nobel Prize (Volume 2)
by  Vera Mainz, E. Thomas Strom

The symposium on which this book is based originated after Tom Strom organized a successful American Chemical Society (ACS) symposium in March 2016, on the Posthumous Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Afterward, Vera Mainz pointed out that the chemists represented in that symposium and its subsequent symposium volume were "all dead white guys."

The fact that only white men were included in the first symposium partly reflects the prevailing past (and continuing) gender imbalance in chemistry, but it also shows the power of the Matilda effect, first articulated by Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898). The Matilda effect is an implicit bias against acknowledging the achievements of women scientists, whose work is often attributed to their male colleagues. An implicit bias is one which is not conscious or deliberate, but nevertheless real. The gender imbalance in the previous symposium was also noted in the on-line comments for the Chemical and Engineering News article that reported on it. Redressing that imbalance was the purpose of the current symposium entitled "Ladies in Waiting for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Overlooked Accomplishments of Women Chemists." This symposium, which took place in August 2017, was sponsored by the ACS History of Chemistry Division (HIST), the Women Chemists Committee (WCC), and ACS President Allison Campbell.

Targeted Nanosystems for Therapeutic Applications :
New Concepts, Dynamic Properties, Efficiency, and Toxicity
by Mark A. Ilies, Kazuo Sakurai

Despite the potential of nanoparticles in nanomedicine and decades of research, it remains challenging to actively target nanoparticles. Focusing on recent research and development, this book identifies and presents potential new paradigms and ideas to meet practical demands in different biomedical areas. The book reveals new developments and identifies new clinically relevant targets and strategies to increase targeting efficiency and reduce toxicity. Scientists in chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, and clinical roles in academia and the broader industry will find this book interesting.

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