• 03-19 – Sir Norman Haworth's birthday

Today in chemistry history: Sir Norman Haworth, vitamin C, and Haworth projections

By |March 19th, 2018|

Today (19th March) marks the birthday of Sir Norman Haworth – who also died on the 19th March. Haworth won a Nobel Prize in 1937 for his work on carbohydrates and vitamin C. He also developed a way of drawing 3D sugar structures, known as Haworth projections.


  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Bitters Preview

The chemistry of cocktail bitters – in C&EN

By |March 14th, 2018|

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Bitters, once used medicinally, are now used to flavour cocktails. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at some of the different types of bitters, and a selection of the compounds that contribute to their distinct tastes. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.


  • Chemical Warfare – Novichok nerve agents

What are Novichok agents? What we do (and don’t) know about them

By |March 12th, 2018|

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Over the past week, UK news has been dominated by the mysterious poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Today, this culminated in the British government revealing that it is believed a type of Novichok agent was the chemical culprit behind the attempted murder. This graphic takes a look at what we do know about Novichok agents and what is still unclear.


International Women’s Day: Twelve women in chemistry

By |March 7th, 2018|

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8 March is International Women’s Day – to mark the occasion last year, I made this image highlighting twelve famous women in chemistry history. Since then a number of people have pointed out it would be great to have an image for female chemists who are actually alive, too, and so here it is!


  • 003 ChemMonthly February 2018

#ChemMonthly February 2018: New antibiotics, stealth bunnies, and antidepressant effectiveness

By |March 3rd, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a new family of antibiotics, a ‘stealth cloak’ for rabbits, the efficacy of antidepressants, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


  • Winter Olympic Medal Compositions 2018

What are the 2018 Winter Olympics medals made of?

By |February 25th, 2018|

If you’ve been enjoying the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang over the past few weeks, you might have wondered what the medals the winning athletes receive are made of. As this graphic shows, it’s not quite as simple as gold, silver, and bronze!


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