This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Helium Forms a Compound, and a Hydrogel Vasectomy Alternative

17-02-12 This Week in Chemistry

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on helium forming a stable compound at high pressures, how a hydrogel injection could provide a reversible alternative to vasectomy, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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. Asterisked studies are free but require logging in to read.


Featured Stories

Helium forms a stable compound at high pressure: [Article] [Study]

Hydrogel injection could offer vasectomy alternative: [Article] [Study]

Artificial cells communicate chemically with bacteria: [Article] [Study]

Distinguishing natural and engineered nanoparticles: [Article] [Study*]

Iron molecules turn bacteria into electrical generators: [Article] [Study]


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