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Chemistry History Organic Chemistry

Today in chemistry history: August Kekulé and the structure of benzene

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of August Kekulé, most famous for his proposed structure for the benzene molecule. This graphic looks at his structure and its limitations and shows how later work improved upon his initial proposal.

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Chemistry History Women in Chemistry

International Women’s Day: Twelve women from chemistry history – pt. 3

8 March is International Women’s Day. As in previous years, I’ve put together another edition of this series looking at underappreciated women from chemistry history.

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Chemistry History

Today in Chemistry History: Dorothy Hodgkin and X-ray crystallography

Dorothy Hodgkin was born on this day in 1910. She’s famed as one of only four women to have won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the only British woman to have done so. This graphic takes a look at the work that earned her the prize.

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Chemistry History Women in Chemistry

International Women’s Day: Twelve women from chemistry history – pt. 2

8 March is International Women’s Day. In the past few years, Ci has featured graphics on women in chemistry to mark this occasion; first, this one on women in chemistry history, and last year this one on women in chemistry present. This year, here’s another edition, looking at twelve more underappreciated women from chemistry history.

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Chemistry History Elements Periodic Tables

A timeline of the discoveries of the chemical elements – #IYPT2019 edition

As it’s the International Year of the Periodic Table, I decided to revisit this old timeline of element discoveries I put together five years ago. The old version was a little in need of visual improvement, as well as updating to include the element discoveries confirmed since 2014. 

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Chemistry History

Today in chemistry history: Germain Hess, Hess’s Law, and enthalpy changes

On this day back in 1802, Germain Hess was born in Switzerland. Hess would go on to do important work in the field of thermochemistry, the part of chemistry concerned with energy changes in chemical reactions. His work led to the eponymous Hess’s law, explained in the graphic above. Hess also analysed the mineral silver […]