This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Ice-Free Roads, Cocaine in the Brain, & Helium Rain

15-12-20 - TWIC

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on how cocaine makes it past the blood-brain barrier, a new road surface that deices itself, 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 that This Week in Chemistry will be taking a break next week over the holiday period, but will return in the New Year!

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.


Featured Stories

Borophene joins family of two-dimensional materials: [Article] [Study (£)]

Understanding how cocaine sneaks into the brain: [Article] [Study (£)]

New evidence for helium ‘rain’ on Saturn & Jupiter: [Article]

New road material could deice itself in winter: [Article] [Study (£)]

New camera can make methane visible: [Article] [Study]


Other Stories This Week

Switchable polymer could combat antibiotic resistance: [Article] [Study (£)]

Socks use urine to power wireless transmitter: [Article] [Study]

Concerns over tantalum mining & conflicts: [Article] [Study]

Cost of banning BPA in till receipts outweighs benefits: [Article]

Speed determines the slipperiness of ice: [Article] [Study]

Turning fish waste into coffee-scented biofuel: [Article] [Study]

X-ray spectroscopy leads to rethink on uranium extraction from seawater: [Article] [Study (£)]

New biodiesel method avoids glycerol byproduct: [Article] [Study (£)]

Stretchable silver ink allows drawing of circuits: [Article] [Study (£)]


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