• 16-09-25 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Pennies as Catalysts, and New York Explosives

September 25th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on the explosives used in last week’s bombing in New York, how coffee grounds can help remove lead and mercury from water, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • Capturing Neon in a Metal-Organic Framework

Capturing Neon in a Metal-Organic Framework

September 22nd, 2016|

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Here’s the latest graphic from Chemunicate (the Compound Interest side project that works with chemistry researchers and institutions to highlight their research in graphical form). This graphic is a collaboration with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and looks at their recent research on capturing neon in a metal-organic framework – and why it matters! You can read the CCDC’s press release for the study here, and the study itself can be found here.

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  • The Chemistry of Paper and Polymer Bank Notes

The Chemistry of Paper and Polymer Banknotes

September 20th, 2016|

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Last week the UK put its first polymer note into circulation, and it plans to replace all of its paper banknotes with polymer notes by 2020 (with the current exception of the £50 note). It’s far from the first country to introduce polymer notes, however; in fact, Australia has been using them since 1988! What then is the advantage of polymer notes over paper ones? Here we take a look at the chemistry and the benefits.

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  • 16-09-18 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Russian River Runs Red, and a Plastic Microbead Alternative

September 18th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on a soy-based replacement for plastic microbeads, the possible chemical explanation for a river in Russia turning red, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • The Chemistry of Canning Preview

The Chemistry of Canning – in C&EN

September 12th, 2016|

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In this month’s installment of Periodic Graphics in C&EN, we’re talking canning chemistry. When you’re canning vegetables and making chutneys, why does the acidity matter, and what’s the importance of temperature in the canning process? This graphic takes a brief look – see the full graphic over on the C&EN site. […]

  • 16-09-11 This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Resizing the Elements, and Exotic Compounds in Giant Planets

September 11th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on exotic compounds in the interiors of giant planets, a method of creating 3D images of bones without the need for X-rays, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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