Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features the first time van der Waals forces between individual atoms have been measured, how China is using hormone therapy to combat its catkin problem, 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.
Adding polymers to deodorant helps fight body odour: [Article] [Study (£)]
Platinum cross-linked polymer tightens wrinkly skin: [Article] [Study]
Van der Waals forces of individual atoms measured for first time: [Article] [Study]
Hormone injections control China’s catkin fluff problem: [Article]
Pfizer blocks the use of its drugs in executions: [Article]
Other Stories This Week
Chemical method removes abnormal bone growth: [Article] [Study (£)]
Rhodium catalyst activates C–H bonds selectively: [Article] [Study]
Vaccine blocks effects of methamphetamine in mice: [Article] [Study (£)]
Most polar compound can bind both anions and cations: [Article] [Study (£)]
Polymer air pockets help produce full spectrum of matte colours: [Article] [Study (£)]
Chemical signatures of mango-ripening revealed: [Article] [Study (£)]
Magnetic field helps produce previously unseen crystal structure: [Article] [Study]
RNA’s chemical components shown to form in pre-life conditions: [Article] [Study (£)]
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