Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features how the colour and clarity of rubies can be improved using microwaves, a colour-changing, stretchable skin inspired by octopuses, 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.
An octopus-inspired, stretchy, colour-changing skin: [Article] [Study (£)]
Improving the colour of rubies – using a microwave: [Article] [Study (£)]
Liquid metal ‘balloons’ allow room temperature soldering: [Article] [Study]
Electrostatic fields speed up Diels-Alder reactions: [Article] [Study]
Polymer helps create thinnest, lightest solar cells ever: [Article] [Study (£)]
Other Stories This Week
Neanderthals used chemistry to start fires: [Article] [Study]
More effective catalyst for producing hydrogen peroxide for water purification: [Article] [Study (£)]
Modified enzyme becomes effective aldol reaction catalyst: [Article] [Study (£)]
Flow-based reactor makes nanoparticle synthesis faster: [Article] [Study]
Nickel photocatalyst could be used to synthesise hydrocarbon fuels: [Article] [Study (£)]
EPA bans flubendiamide pesticide from all uses: [Article]
Drop in levels of brominated flame retardants in human breast milk: [Article] [Study (£)]
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