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C&EN Materials Chemistry

What is Play-Doh made of? – in C&EN

Children have been playing with Play-Doh for 65 years. Hasbro closely guards the exact ingredients of commercial Play-Doh, but in the September edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News we looked at the key chemical components that make the material act the way it does. See the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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What are the Olympics athletics tracks made of?

The 2020 Olympics may have been a bit late arriving thanks to the pandemic, but there’ve been no signs of sluggishness from athletes on the track. World records have been tumbling over the past weeks, and one factor behind this could be the technology used in the track. I worked with Jess Wade on this […]

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Materials Chemistry Sport Chemistry

What are the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals made of?

The delayed 2020 Olympics are currently taking place in Tokyo, and setting a number of firsts. Obviously, it’s the first Olympics to take place without a public audience in the stadiums to watch the events. However, it’s also the first Olympics at which the medals are made entirely from recycled metals. This graphic takes a […]

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C&EN Materials Chemistry

The materials science of cycling – in C&EN

May was National Bike Month, and at the end of June this year’s Tour de France kicks off, so what better time to look at the materials science of cycling? This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the various alloys and polymers used to make bike frames, tires, and […]

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Materials Chemistry

The chemistry of disposable nappies: absorbency, wetness indicators and waste

Five thousand: that’s the number of nappy changes the average child will need. There are several nappy choices available to parents, but disposable nappies make up a large portion of the market – and there’s a fair amount of chemistry behind how they keep a baby dry.

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C&EN Materials Chemistry

Metal-air batteries: Present and potential

In the future, metal-air batteries have the potential to better the storage abilities of the lithium-ion batteries we currently use for a range of applications. Here, we look at a selection of the different types being developed, their current capacities, and what the future might hold. View the full graphic in Chemical & Engineering News.