609, 2017
  • Making Silver Mirrors using Chemistry

Making silver mirrors using chemistry

By |September 6th, 2017|

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This week I was lucky enough to be sent a silvered bottle, shown in the graphic, by Andres Tretiakov. If you’re a chemist you’ll already be familiar with the chemical reaction used to produce this effect, but if you’re not you might be wondering how it’s accomplished. Though sadly it’s not one that can be easily carried out at home, this graphic gives an insight into the chemistry involved!


2704, 2016
  • 04-27 – Wallace Carothers' Birthday Nylon

Chemistry History – Carothers, Condensation Polymerisation, & Nylon

By |April 27th, 2016|

On this day in 1896, Wallace Carothers was born. Listed by C&EN magazine in their recent list of scientists who should have won a Nobel prize, we have Carothers to thank for nylon, which can be used in clothing, carpets, car parts and more. Here’s a quick look at the chemistry behind the discovery.


1203, 2016
  • Chemical Molecule Posters

Six Posters of Common Chemical Molecules

By |March 12th, 2016|

Here’s something a little different for the weekend: a small poster project I’ve been working on for the classroom. I decided it’d be quite cool to have posters showing a variety of common chemical molecules dotted around the room, and, though I’m going to need a few more to complete a full circuit around the lab, here are the ones I’ve got so far.


1103, 2016
  • Guide to Disinfectants & Antiseptics

A Brief Summary of Disinfectants & Antiseptics

By |March 11th, 2016|

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Ever wondered what compounds help kitchen cleaners keep your kitchen surfaces bacteria free? Or about the compounds that help antiseptic creams do their job? In this graphic, we take a look at some of the compounds used for antisepsis and disinfection, and where they’re commonly used. There’s also a look at how they all work in the article below!


2502, 2016
  • A Guide to Fruit Acids

A Guide to Common Fruit Acids

By |February 25th, 2016|

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Most people probably know that citric acid is the source of a lemon’s sourness and acidity. However, it’s not the only acid found in fruits, or even in lemons. In fact, there are a whole range of different acids, with the particular ones present varying from fruit to fruit. This graphic takes a look at some of the main players and the fruits they’re found in.


1510, 2015
  • Sticky Science – The Chemistry of Superglue

Sticky Science – The Chemistry of Superglue

By |October 15th, 2015|

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Superglue is an incredibly useful invention, allowing us to repair all manner of objects. However, it nearly wasn’t invented at all! Here’s a quick look at the story of superglue, and, more importantly, the chemistry that allows it to do its job.


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