1008, 2018
  • The chemistry of condoms

The chemistry of condom materials – from sheep guts to synthetic rubber

By |August 10th, 2018|

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Today, we take contraception for granted to a certain extent. It’s easy to forget that, less than 200 years ago, the only condom available was one made from a length of sheep gut that you had to wash and re-use. Today, they’re made from a handful of different materials. This post looks at their recent material history, and some of the other chemistry modern condoms utilise.


1507, 2018
  • The chemistry of football shirts WC 2018

The chemistry of a football shirt – World Cup 2018 final edition

By |July 15th, 2018|

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It’s the World Cup final between France and Croatia today! Here’s an updated version of the chemistry of football shirts post, taking a look at the polymeric materials that make up a shirt.



907, 2018

The chemistry of slime – in C&EN

By |July 9th, 2018|

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The slime-making craze is sweeping school and homes worldwide, and shows no signs of stopping. This edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the ingredients and the science behind slime’s gooey properties. You can view the full graphic on the C&EN site here.


2606, 2018
  • The colour of alexandrite

The chemistry of colour-changing alexandrite

By |June 26th, 2018|

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Decades of marketing have placed diamonds on a pedestal above other gemstones. They’re an engagement ring tradition and are also found in lots of other jewellery. However, there’s another, coloured gemstone which is arguably superior. Not content with being one colour, it can display a whole range of hues, depending on the light falling on it. The gemstone in question? Alexandrite.


1406, 2018
  • The chemistry of the World Cup

The chemistry of the World Cup

By |June 14th, 2018|

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The 2018 World Cup kicks off today! Here’s some of the chemistry you can look out for over the next month; polymers make up the ball and the shirts, and chemistry also has a part to play in the vanishing spray that referees will be using during the games. 


904, 2018
  • The Chemistry of Lego

What are Lego bricks made of, and why is treading on them so painful?

By |April 9th, 2018|

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Lego is one of the most popular and instantly recognisable childhood toys out there. Have you ever wondered what those bricks are made of, or how they’re made? Or, for that matter, why it hurts so much if you tread on one? This graphic takes a look!


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