Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features how molecules can be used to encrypt messages, the world’s first rechargeable sodium-carbon dioxide battery, 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.
Message in a molecule – encrypting messages with chemistry: [Article] [Study]
Boiling water could cause Martian surface streaks: [Article] [Study]
Silk protein can keep fruit fresh without refrigeration: [Article] [Study]
Sodium-carbon dioxide batteries could fuel Mars vehicles: [Article] [Study (£)]
Imaged single molecule reaction intermediates don’t match theory: [Article] [Study]
Other Stories This Week
Making bendy memory devices out of perovskites: [Article] [Study]
Iron in cosmic dust helps hydrogen atoms pair up: [Article] [Study]
Predictions of number of undiscovered perovskites may be optimistic: [Article] [Study]
Diazonium compounds protect black phosphorus from oxidation: [Article] [Study]
Material expands or contracts equally in two dimensions at the same time: [Article] [Study]
UK may ban plastic microbeads even if EU doesn’t: [Article]
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