• Canada Day – Maple Syrup

Canada Day – The Chemistry of Maple Syrup

July 1st, 2016|

Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian readers! To celebrate, here’s a brief look at some of the different chemicals in maple syrup.


  • Ocean Acidification & Chemical Signalling

Ocean Acidification and Chemical Signalling

June 30th, 2016|

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You might recall a month or so ago I started a new project on the site, Chemunicate, with which I aim to work with chemistry researchers and help produce graphics explaining their work in a straightforward manner. This graphic is the result of a collaboration with scientists from the University of Hull, and explains their study in which they examined how ocean acidification could affect the chemical senses of marine organisms.


  • 06-28 – Emil Erlenmeyer's Birthday

Today in Chemistry History – Emil Erlenmeyer and the Erlenmeyer Flask

June 28th, 2016|

Whether you know it as an Erlenmeyer flask, conical flask, or by some other name, it’s a piece of glassware most of us, chemists or not, have likely used at some point. The Erlenmeyer flask is the most stereotypical piece of chemistry glassware there is, and today marks its creator’s birthday. Emil Erlenmeyer was born on 28 June in 1825; here we take a look at his eponymous flask, as well as some of his other achievements.


  • The Chemistry of a Football Shirt Euro 2016

The Chemistry of a Football Shirt – Euro 2016 Edition

June 27th, 2016|

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With Euro 2016 in full swing, it seemed a good time to update this look at the chemicals that make up your average football shirt. Even if the tournament isn’t the kind of event to fill you with excitement, it’s still intriguing from a chemistry perspective to examine the different chemical materials used and the properties that they lend the finished shirt.


  • 16-06-26 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Lower Fat Chocolate, and ‘Dark Hydrogen’

June 26th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on using electric fields to lower the fat content of chocolate, human-made pollutant chemicals discovered in deep ocean trenches, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.


  • The Chemistry of Foxgloves

The Chemistry of Foxgloves – Poison & Medicine

June 21st, 2016|

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The vibrancy of foxgloves belies their poisonous nature – ingesting even a small amount of the plant can cause unpleasant effects, and in some cases death. However, the same compounds that make it poisonous can also have medicinal uses. This graphic takes a look at them in detail.