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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    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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    New opioid drugs

    2017-01-03T09:57:00

    Creating powerful new painkillers is a constant battle against side-effects – particularly addictions. James Mitchell Crow reports

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    Melbourne, Australia

    2016-08-17T09:31:00

    The world’s most liveable city is a renowned hub for biotech and biomedical research but lacks other opportunities, finds James Mitchell Crow

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    The asymmetry problem

    2014-02-05T00:00:00

    Reiko Kuroda has been tackling asymmetry her whole life, from molecular chirality to gender inequality, she tells James Mitchell Crow

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    Non-profit pharma

    2013-09-24T00:00:00

    Not-for-profit drug discovery is growing into a promising niche employment opportunity within the pharmaceutical industry. James Mitchell Crow investigates

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    Main group renaissance

    2013-05-31T00:00:00

    After years languishing behind more fashionable areas of research, the main group elements are back in vogue. James Mitchell Crow finds out why

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    Reality microscopy

    2013-05-30T00:00:00

    Pratibha Gai talks to James Mitchell Crow about her life’s work, watching the secret life of atoms

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    Survival in the freezer

    2013-05-02T00:00:00

    How do animals survive in the extreme cold? James Mitchell Crow investigates the proteins that do the job

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    Higher apprenticeships offer degrees of difference

    2013-04-17T00:00:00

    Can an apprenticeship offer a genuine alternative to a university degree? James Mitchell Crowe investigates

  • Research

    Tapping proton power for enantioselective synthesis

    2013-02-13T00:00:00

    A simple yet selective organocatalyst provides an efficient new way to generate many useful organic molecules

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    CSIRO: a translation agency

    2013-01-25T00:00:00

    James Mitchell Crow meets the scientists making a difference at Australia’s national science organisation

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