2002, 2018
  • 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.


1602, 2018
  • 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.


802, 2018
  • Snowdrops and Galantamine

What links snowdrops, Alzheimer’s disease, and chemical warfare?

By |February 8th, 2018|

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Snowdrops and chemical warfare aren’t two things you’d expect to mention in the same sentence. However, there’s a surprising link between the two thanks to a compound found in these winter flowers. This graphic looks at this compound and how it helps treat both Alzheimer’s disease and nerve agent poisoning.


102, 2018
  • 002 ChemMonthly January 2018

#ChemMonthly January 2018: Redefining the mole, 3D-printed reactors, and a nicotine-halting enzyme

By |February 1st, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a proposed new definition for the mole, an enzyme which can halt the psychoactive effects of nicotine, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


2501, 2018
  • The Chemistry of Laundry Pods

The chemistry behind why you shouldn’t eat laundry pods

By |January 25th, 2018|

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Laundry pods have featured in the news this week after cases of people eating them in what’s being referred to as the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’. In case you didn’t already realise that this is a pretty terrible idea, this graphic looks at the chemical reasons why you really don’t want them anywhere near your mouth.


1901, 2018
  • Susan Solomon

Today in Chemistry History: Susan Solomon, ozone depletion, and CFCs

By |January 19th, 2018|

Susan Solomon’s work led to confirmation that chlorine-containing compounds can deplete ozone. In particular, she explained why this depletion was focused over the poles. This graphic looks at how ozone depletion happens. Below, we’ll look in more detail at Solomon’s contributions.


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