The 2018 World Cup kicks off today! Here’s some of the chemistry you can look out for over the next month; polymers make up the ball and the shirts, and chemistry also has a part to play in the vanishing spray that referees will be using during the games.
There’s more on the chemistry behind football shirts and the World Cup ball here.
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References & Further Reading
- World Cup – What is that foaming spray used by the refs? – LiveScience
- The Chemistry of the World Cup trophy – Periodic Videos
- Professor says World Cup trophy cannot be solid gold – BBC News