2016: Compound Interest’s Year in Review

December 30th, 2016|


2016 has been a shambling horror of a year – to try and take our minds off of it, we’ve already looked at some of the biggest and best chemistry news stories of the past 12 months. To further wipe 2016’s essence from the doorframe as it leaves, here’s a look back at some the highlights from the past year of Compound Interest’s posts.


  • This Year in Chemistry – The 2016 Edition

This Year in Chemistry – 2016’s Biggest Chemistry Stories

December 27th, 2016|

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This Week in Chemistry is taking a break over the festive period, but as I did last year, I’ve put together a selection of some of 2016’s biggest chemistry stories into one summary sheet. I’ve included 12 stories from all of the year’s This Week in Chemistry summaries, based on a combination of their significance and their popularity.


  • C&EN Stress and Anxiety Chemistry Preview

Tackling Stress and Anxiety with Chemistry

December 22nd, 2016|

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Christmas is meant to be a relaxing time spent with family, but gift-shopping and family dinners can sometimes pile on the stress over the holiday period. For others, anxiety is a year-round battle. In this month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN, we take a basic look at the chemical causes of stress, and the medications we currently turn to to help treat it. Click through to the C&EN site to see the full graphic!


  • Chemistry Advent 1-20

Chemistry Advent 2016 Update – Countdown to Christmas

December 21st, 2016|

Many of you have probably already been following along with this year’s Chemistry Advent. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s an eye-opener to some of the festive chemistry that’s around us at this time of year. If you’ve not been keeping up with the posts, there’s still time to catch up for the last few days – head over to the calendar here! All of the posts are free to download as PDFs too, so you can print them out and use them to share some festive chemistry with your family or friends.


This Week in Chemistry – Limestone vs Ozone Depletion, and Glowworms Snare Prey with Urea

December 18th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on how small limestone particles could help halt ozone layer depletion, how glowworms use their own waste products to help them snare their prey, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below. This will be the last “This Week in Chemistry” of 2016, but there’ll be a look back at 2016’s biggest chemistry stories next week, and it’ll return in 2017!


  • The Chemistry of LED lights and How LED lights work

A Basic Guide to How LED Lights Work

December 14th, 2016|

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Christmas isn’t far off now, and whether you’re celebrating it or not, you’ve may well have started seeing Christmas lights starting to appear adorning houses and Christmas trees. How do these lights actually work, and how can they be made to produce such an array of colours? This graphic takes a look at the chemistry.