2104, 2017
  • Sant Jordi St George's Day Chemistry

Celebrating Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day) Chemistry with ICIQ

By |April 21st, 2017|

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April 23 is Saint George’s Day, celebrated in particular by a number of countries and cities where Saint George is the patron saint. One of these is, of course, England, though here the celebrations tend to be quite muted and minimal, and certainly nothing in comparison to the merriment that heralds St Patrick’s Day. In Catalonia, however, it prompts a good deal more in the way of celebration, and I made this graphic for the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia to illustrate some of its facets.


2004, 2017
  • March for Science 2017 – What's Chemistry Ever Done For Us-

The March for Science – Ten things that chemistry has done for us

By |April 20th, 2017|

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Across the globe this weekend hundreds of thousands of people in over 500 cities will be marching for science. Though many of those marching may be scientists, it’s not just for those in the scientific community; it’s for anyone who wants to show their support for the funding and continued advancement of science, and the importance of political policies being based on scientific evidence. It’s also about appreciating the role that science plays in our lives – and as this graphic shows, chemistry alone touches your life in more ways than you might have realised!


1705, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Leaded Petrol, Unleaded Petrol & Diesel

The Chemistry of Petrol & The Tetraethyl Lead Story

By |May 17th, 2016|

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Tomorrow (18th May) marks the date of birth of Thomas Midgley, who made significant contributions to something many of us make use of on a regular basis: petrol. Midgley was the research assistant to Charles Kettering, and the duo were responsible for the addition of the compound tetraethyl lead to petrol, an innovation that would have a lasting legacy – although perhaps not in the manner that they may have originally envisioned. […]

2104, 2016
  • The Water Treatment Process

The Chemistry Behind Your Home’s Water Supply

By |April 21st, 2016|

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We take for granted the water that comes out of the taps in our home when we turn them on – but a lot of work goes into getting it there. Chemistry, too, has a hand in making sure that the water is safe to drink. Here, we take a look at the water treatment process, and in particular the chemicals used to get clean drinking water to your tap.


1411, 2015

World Diabetes Day: Glucose, Insulin, & Diabetes

By |November 14th, 2015|

As it’s World Diabetes Day today, here’s a mini-graphic taking a quick look at what diabetes is, and the differences between the three main types. Though there’s no article to accompany this one, there’s a download of the graphic below, and links to further reading on the topic.


411, 2015
  • Chemistry of Fireworks – Bangs, Crackles & Whistles

The Chemistry of Fireworks: Bangs, Crackles & Whistles

By |November 4th, 2015|

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With the 5th of November approaching, the distant reports of early fireworks displays can already be heard in the evenings here in the UK. Discussion on the chemistry of fireworks usually centres on the compounds used to generate their array of colours, but there’s a whole lot of chemistry behind the sounds they make too. Here we take a brief look at some of the ways in which pyrotechnic chemists give fireworks their characteristic bangs and screeches. […]

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