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1709, 2017
  • 17-09-17 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Stiff fibres from hagfish slime, and tailoring cotton’s properties

By |September 17th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on how hagfish slime can be turned into stiff fibres, cotton with tailored properties such as fluorescence and magnetism, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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1109, 2017
  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Different Glues Preview

The chemistry of glue – in C&EN

By |September 11th, 2017|

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It’s back to school season which means it’s time to stock up on classroom supplies, including glue. This month’s Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at what gives some of the main types of adhesives their stickiness! Click through the the C&EN site to view the full graphic.

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1009, 2017
  • 17-09-10 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Self-destructing electronics, and how poison frogs avoid poisoning themselves

By |September 10th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on self-destructing electronics which could find military and biomedical uses, the discovery of how poison dart frogs avoid poisoning themselves, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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609, 2017
  • Making Silver Mirrors with Chemistry

Making silver mirrors using chemistry

By |September 6th, 2017|

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This week I was lucky enough to be sent a silvered bottle, shown in the graphic, by Andres Tretiakov. If you’re a chemist you’ll already be familiar with the chemical reaction used to produce this effect, but if you’re not you might be wondering how it’s accomplished. Though sadly it’s not one that can be easily carried out at home, this graphic gives an insight into the chemistry involved!

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309, 2017
  • 17-09-03 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Texas chemical plant fires, and molecular motors that drill holes in cells

By |September 3rd, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on fires at a Texas chemical plant as a consequence of flooding after Hurricane Harvey, a new technique which uses gold nanoparticles to detect ultra-small amounts of DNA, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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2708, 2017
  • 17-08-27 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – A yeast that makes fatty acids from urine, and an algorithm that maps out reaction routes

By |August 27th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on a new strain of yeast which can convert urine to fatty acids and which may find applications in space travel, an algorithm which produces reaction routes, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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