James Mitchell Crow

James Mitchell Crow

James Mitchell Crow is an organic chemist by training.

He began his science journalism career in 2007 at Chemistry World, where he was shortlisted for several awards, including Features Writer of the Year at the UK Magazine Design and Journalism Awards. In 2009 he joined New Scientist in London as a features editor. In 2010 he moved to Australia and wrote freelance for several years, for publications including New Scientist and Nature, before joining COSMOS magazine as deputy editor. After 3 years at COSMOS, during which time he won the Crawford Fund Journalism Award, James returned to freelance science writing in 2016.

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    A lightning burst of chemistry

    2022-07-12T09:57:00

    Trying to understand the chemistry that occurs around immensely powerful but short-lived lightning bolts is a feat in itself. James Mitchell Crow looks for a flash of inspiration

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    The bioorthogonal revolution

    2022-05-30T08:39:00

    A set of reactions operating silently inside live cells or whole animals are lighting up chemical biology and inspiring new medicines, James Mitchell Crow finds

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    Wiring up organic synthesis

    2022-01-10T10:38:00

    James Mitchell Crow talks to the organic chemists using electrochemistry to add or remove electrons to their molecules at the flick of a switch

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    Keeping cell therapy under wraps

    2021-11-29T09:30:00

    Materials to safely encapsulate transplanted cells for could enable a revolution in the treatment of diabetes and a wide range of other diseases. James Mitchell Crow reports

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    Supermetals versus superbugs

    2021-06-21T09:01:00

    With pathogenic bacteria rapidly overcoming our arsenal of organic antibiotics, James Mitchell Crow asks if it is time to revisit metal-based antimicrobials

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    Sustainable solar power

    2021-03-01T10:11:00

    Getting energy from the sun isn’t renewable until the panels are recyclable. James Mitchell Crow talks to the scientists making it happen

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    Ammonia synthesis goes electric

    2020-08-17T09:23:00

    James Mitchell Crow finds that the outlook for renewables-powered electrochemical ammonia production is beginning to brighten

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    Metalloenzyme mastery

    2020-06-29T09:34:00

    There are natural metalloenzymes that make difficult chemistry look easy. James Mitchell Crow talks to the bioinorganic chemists figuring out how to copy them

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    Sustainable lab buildings

    2020-03-09T09:57:00

    After a decade of grassroots growth, the laboratory sustainability movement is bursting into the mainstream finds James Mitchell Crow

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    Can smart biomaterials deliver?

    2019-12-16T10:08:00

    James Mitchell Crow explores the next generation of therapeutic biomaterials, which aim to interact dynamically with the body and help to control diabetes and heal wounds

  • An illustration showing the back of a car with a hydrogen storage tank which shows a cutout that reveales a MOF structure
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    Hydrogen storage gets real

    2019-08-12T12:01:00

    As production costs fall and demand is poised to rocket, James Mitchell Crow finds the hydrogen economy is finally ready for take-off – as long as we can find ways to store it

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    There’s something about boron

    2019-04-08T13:59:00

    Boron’s chemistry is as much defined by what it isn’t – carbon, or a metal – as by what it is. Recent years have started to fix this misconception, as James Mitchell Crow reports

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    Perovskites beyond solar cells

    2019-02-18T11:50:00

    From solar cells and LEDs to catalysts and quantum computing, James Mitchell Crow asks if there is anything perovskites can’t do

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    The nuclear option

    2018-09-24T10:05:00

    Using radioisotopes to image inside patients’ bodies – nuclear medicine – is under threat from ageing reactors. James Mitchell Crow discovers the new science trying to fix the problem

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    150 years of helium

    2018-07-23T09:41:00

    Humanity took a long time to notice the second most common chemical element in the universe, James Mitchell Crow notes. Today we would struggle to do without it

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    Understanding Alzheimer’s

    2018-05-11T11:43:00

    After hundreds of failed drug candidates, James Mitchell Crow asks if this is the last roll of the dice for the amyloid theory of Alzheimer’s disease

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    Go with the fold

    2018-03-30T10:06:00

    From a seemingly impossible problem a few years ago, some researchers think that predicting the folded structures of protein could be solved pretty soon. James Mitchell Crow reports

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    CO2 recycling – an uphill struggle

    2017-10-27T13:17:00

    James Mitchell Crow explains how chemists are turning a problematic greenhouse gas into commercially useful molecules, at industrial scale

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    Photoredox: charge of the LED brigade

    2017-09-20T14:00:00

    Forget fluorescent light bulbs, photochemistry has become a lot more sophisticated

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    Wearable technology

    2017-04-23T10:00:00

    The future of wearable gadgets will be tiny, flexible, skin-like devices capable of monitoring your health

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