This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Pollutant-Absorbing Snow, & Calcium Ion Batteries

16-01-17 TWIC

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a proof-of-concept calcium ion battery, the discovery of a reaction that speeds up when cooled down, 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.


Featured Stories

Expanding polymer stops lithium batteries catching fire: [Article] [Study]

Catalyst reduces mercury emissions from PVC industry: [Article] [Study (£)]

A chemical reaction that’s accelerated by freezing: [Article] [Study (£)]

Study shows that calcium ion batteries are possible: [Article] [Study (£)]

Snow can absorb pollutants from engine exhausts: [Article] [Study (£)]


Other Stories This Week

Simple reaction converts ethanol into butanol: [Article] [Study (£)]

Fixing iron levels in lung cells could help treat a lung disease: [Article] [Study]

X-ray ‘snapshots’ show how megaenzymes synthesise natural products: [Article] [Study]

Stronger ceramics produced through 3D printing: [Article] [Study (£)]

Boron nitride nanotubes stronger than carbon nanotube counterparts: [Article] [Study]

Colour-changing polymers can highlight damaged or stressed materials: [Article] [Study (£)]

Adding strained rings to drug candidates: [Article] [Study (£)]


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