IYPT 2019 Elements 048: Cadmium: Batteries and van Gogh

July 22nd, 2019|

Element 48 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is cadmium. Cadmium’s main use is in batteries, and it has previously seen use in paints – however, its toxicity means that many countries are looking to remove it from consumer products.

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Sunscreen and coral reef damage – in C&EN

July 21st, 2019|

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Sunscreen protects our skin from the sun, but there’s also evidence that some of the lotion’s ingredients may damage coral reefs. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics looks at the responsible compounds and efforts to combat the problem. Click through to the Chemical and Engineering News site to view the full graphic.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 047: Silver: Photography and fighting sock odours

July 19th, 2019|

Element 47 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is silver. Silver compounds are key for film photography, and this element also pops up in your clothing: conductive gloves and some antibacterial socks contain it.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 046: Palladium: Catalysis and hydrogen storage

July 17th, 2019|

Element 46 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is palladium. Another element that finds uses in the catalytic converters in our cars, palladium can also be used for hydrogen fuel storage and, more rarely, for making flutes.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 045: Rhodium: Catalytic converters and jewellery

July 15th, 2019|

Element 45 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is rhodium. This rare, unreactive element finds uses in the catalytic converters in our cars and in electroplated white gold jewellery.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 044: Ruthenium: Fountain pens and fingerprinting

July 13th, 2019|

Element 44 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is ruthenium. This element finds uses in electronics, fountain pens, and in some fingerprinting techniques.

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