• Chemical Warfare – Novichok nerve agents

What are Novichok agents? What we do (and don’t) know about them

By |March 12th, 2018|

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Over the past week, UK news has been dominated by the mysterious poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Today, this culminated in the British government revealing that it is believed a type of Novichok agent was the chemical culprit behind the attempted murder. This graphic takes a look at what we do know about Novichok agents and what is still unclear.


International Women’s Day: Twelve women in chemistry

By |March 7th, 2018|

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8 March is International Women’s Day – to mark the occasion last year, I made this image highlighting twelve famous women in chemistry history. Since then a number of people have pointed out it would be great to have an image for female chemists who are actually alive, too, and so here it is!


  • 003 ChemMonthly February 2018

#ChemMonthly February 2018: New antibiotics, stealth bunnies, and antidepressant effectiveness

By |March 3rd, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a new family of antibiotics, a ‘stealth cloak’ for rabbits, the efficacy of antidepressants, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


  • Winter Olympic Medal Compositions 2018

What are the 2018 Winter Olympics medals made of?

By |February 25th, 2018|

If you’ve been enjoying the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang over the past few weeks, you might have wondered what the medals the winning athletes receive are made of. As this graphic shows, it’s not quite as simple as gold, silver, and bronze!


  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Air Fresheners Preview

How do air fresheners get rid of bad smells? – in C&EN

By |February 20th, 2018|

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Some air fresheners just mask bad smells – but others claim to eliminate odours completely. What’s the chemistry behind these claims? The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look! Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.


  • 02-16 – The Kyoto Protocol

Today in chemistry history: The Kyoto protocol

By |February 16th, 2018|

On this day back in 2005, the world’s first legally-binding climate change agreement came into force. The Kyoto protocol, to which 192 countries are a party, aimed to reduce emissions of six greenhouse gases by 5.2% by 2012, relative to 1990. This graphic gives a brief overview of the agreement and the outcome of its first period.


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