• C&EN Allergies Preview

The Chemistry of Allergies and Antihistamines – in C&EN

By |May 11th, 2017|

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It’s coming around to the time of year when hay fever strikes! Here’s a look at the chemical cause, and at how some of the medicines you can take to alleviate the symptoms actually work. You can see the full graphic over on the C&EN site.

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  • Reversible Reactions, Equilibrium, and Le Chatelier's Principle

Reversible Reactions, Equilibrium, and Le Châtelier’s Principle

By |May 8th, 2017|

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When you think of chemical reactions, you might think of them as irreversible, permanently changing one substance into another. While this is true in some cases, some chemical reactions are reversible, and we can take the products of the reaction and turn them back into the reactants. These reversible reactions can, under certain conditions, reach what we call ‘equilibrium’. Equilibrium can be a tricky concept to understand, but this graphic tries to make it a little clearer.

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  • 17-05-07 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Making Ibuprofen Last Longer, and the World’s First Nanocar Race

By |May 7th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on the world’s first nanocar race, how a metal-organic framework can help ibuprofen’s painkilling effects last longer, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • The Secrets of the Coke and Mentos Fountain

The Secrets of the Coke and Mentos Fountain

By |May 2nd, 2017|

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It’s one of the most popular science demonstrations: Pop a handful of Mentos candies into a bottle of Coke, and a fountain of bubbles rapidly spurts from the open bottle, often over a metre into the air. Originally the explanation for the effect was thought to be quite simple. However, scientists are finding that there’s more to this spectacular demonstration than meets the eye.

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  • 17-04-30 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Glow-in-the-dark Fungi Mechanisms, and Lithium Battery Fade Causes

By |April 30th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on the chemical mechanisms that cause fungi bioluminescence, an investigation into the specific causes of lithium-ion battery capacity fade, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • 17-04-23 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – 3D printing glass, and how mole rats avoid suffocation

By |April 23rd, 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 mole rats alter their metabolism to avoid suffocation, a method that allows 3D printing of small glass objects, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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