• 001 ChemMonthly Dec 2017

#ChemMonthly Dec 2017 – Self-healing glass, a Huntington’s drug, and the world’s tightest knot

By |December 28th, 2017|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a self-repairing polymer glass that could mean an end to cracked phone screens, a Guinness world record for the tightest knot ever, and more! Links to articles and studies for all the featured stories are provided below.


2017: Compound Interest’s Year in Review

By |December 20th, 2017|

Today marks Compound Interest’s fourth birthday, so it seems fitting to choose today to reflect back on the posts on the site through the past year. This year even more chemistry has been added to the catalogue of topics covered by the graphics on the site, including the coke and mentos reaction, the opioid epidemic, and what ice cores can tell us about climate! 


Chemistry Advent 2017 – The halfway point!

By |December 12th, 2017|

Today marks the halfway point for this year’s Chemistry Advent! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the topics covered in the graphics might still pique your chemistry curiosity; graphics in recent days have looked at the compound behind the snow in snow globes, the chemistry behind the different colours of LED lights, and how poinsettia […]

The 2017 Compound Interest chemistry advent calendar

By |December 1st, 2017|

It’s the start of December, which means you’ve probably already cracked open the chocolate advent calendar if you celebrate Christmas. Whether you do or not, the Compound Interest Chemistry Advent is back for its fourth year and is a great way to get your daily chemistry fix!


  • The Chemistry of Fossilisation

How did ammonite fossils form?

By |November 29th, 2017|

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If you’ve ever gone combing beaches for ammonite fossils, you might have wondered about the processes which produced them. They can come in a number of shapes and forms, and their appearance can be influenced by the manner in which they were formed. This graphic takes a brief look at some of these processes!


  • 17-11-26 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Lightning-triggered photonuclear reactions, and a Chernobyl mystery solved

By |November 26th, 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 confirmation that lightning can trigger photonuclear reactions in the atmosphere, what caused the first explosion at Chernobyl, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.


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