604, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 018: Argon: Windows and lightbulbs

April 6th, 2019|

Best known for being everyone’s favourite chemistry pun (“all the good chemistry jokes argon”), argon is the next element in our International Year of the Periodic Table series. Though it’s an invisible gas, it pops up in a number of places in our everyday lives.

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404, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 017: Chlorine: Swimming pools and chemical weapons

April 4th, 2019|

Here’s element number 17, chlorine, in our International Year of the Periodic Table series with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Chlorine is essential for safe drinking water, but also has a history of use in chemical warfare.

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304, 2019

#IYPT2019 – What elements do you need to live? – in C&EN

April 3rd, 2019|

Click to view full graphic on the C&EN site

Continuing the International Year of the Periodic Table theme, today we look at the elements we can’t live without. Which elements from the 118 in the periodic table are essential for human life, and what role do they play? See the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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2903, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 016: Sulfur: Fire, brimstone, and really bad smells

March 29th, 2019|

Element 16 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is sulfur. Known since ancient times, but only confirmed as an element in the late 1700s, it’s responsible for a host of bad smells we encounter, and also finds uses in car tyres and gunpowder.

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2603, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 015: Phosphorus: The light-bearing element of matches and life

March 26th, 2019|

The latest element in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is phosphorus – essential for life, found in several forms, and the element that helps safety matches light when you strike them.

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2203, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 014: Silicon: Electronic devices, glass, and lubricants

March 22nd, 2019|

Element number 14 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is silicon. The second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, silicon is found in almost all electronic devices, glass, and in some lubricants.

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