Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on how carbon-based ‘superballs’ could help prevent viral infections such as Ebola, how semi-conductive polymers could help create ‘electronic plants’, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.
Note: links to studies behind a journal paywall are indicated with (£). Studies without this symbol are open access, and can be accessed and read for free.
Fullerene ‘superballs’ could help prevent Ebola infection: [Article] [Study]
Semi-conductive polymers help create ‘electronic plants’: [Article] [Study]
Sugar water impacts performance more than some sports drinks: [Article] [Study (£)]
Disinfection byproducts can form in cups of tea and coffee: [Article] [Study (£)]
Identifying prohibited tyre-softening agents used in motor racing: [Article] [Study (£)]
Other Stories This Week
Converting infrared photons into visible ones using quantum dots: [Article] [Study]
How penguins prevent ice from forming on their feathers: [Article] [Study (£)]
Using nanoparticles to remove contaminants from oil sands wastewater: [Article] [Study (£)]
Device uses ‘electric shock wave’ to remove salt from water: [Article] [Study (£)]
Cooking with chloraminated water and iodised salt could create small amounts of toxins: [Article] [Study (£)]
Boron molecule contains smallest & lightest aromatic ring possible: [Article] [Study (£)]
Perovskite boosts efficiency of silicon solar cells by 20%: [Article]
Fluorescent dye helps detect life-threatening stomach bleeds: [Article] [Study (£)]
Self-healing gel helps make electronics more flexible: [Article] [Study (£)]
Aerogel made of gold is almost as light as air: [Article] [Study (£)]
New method for creating totally repellent surfaces: [Article] [Study (£)]
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