1109, 2017
  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Different Glues Preview

The chemistry of glue – in C&EN

September 11th, 2017|

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It’s back to school season which means it’s time to stock up on classroom supplies, including glue. This month’s Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at what gives some of the main types of adhesives their stickiness! Click through the the C&EN site to view the full graphic.


3107, 2017
  • 07-31 – Stephanie Kwolek's Birthday

Today in Chemistry History – Stephanie Kwolek and Kevlar

July 31st, 2017|

Today marks the date of birth of Stephanie Kwolek, the US chemist who discovered the widely used polymer Kevlar. She also developed the nylon rope trick, in which nylon can be produced in a beaker at room temperature – a demonstration which is still used in classrooms today. In addition to this she is the to date the only woman to have been awarded DuPont’s Lavoisier Medal for outstanding contributions.


2803, 2017
  • The New Pound Coin Composition

What’s the new 12-sided £1 coin made of?

March 28th, 2017|

Today the new £1 coin is released in the UK. I threw a quick graphic together to take a look at what’s known about its composition and why it’s being introduced. 


1603, 2017
  • The Chemistry of Ironing

How Chemistry Can Make Your Ironing Easier

March 16th, 2017|

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Ever wondered why your clothes crease after being washed, or why some crease more than others? I collaborated with Professor Mark Lorch from the University of Hull to make this graphic, which takes a look at the answers to these questions! It accompanies a piece by Mark in The Conversation, which is reproduced below.


2502, 2017
  • Chemical Composition of Oscar Statuettes

The Composition of Oscar Statuettes

February 25th, 2017|

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With the Oscars coming up this weekend, we’ve already taken a look at some of the chemistry you can find at the movies. Here’s a quick look at the composition of the Oscar statuettes awarded to winners, which has undergone a change as recently as last year – check out the graphic to learn more!


1411, 2016
  • C&EN lithium batteries

Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Catch Fire – in C&EN

November 14th, 2016|

In this month’s Periodic Graphics in C&EN, we’re looking at the chemistry behind the recent news stories of lithium-ion batteries in some devices catching fire. You can see the full graphic over on the C&EN site. Also, for more lithium battery chemistry, head over to the recent RealTimeChem Week graphic which looked at some ways in […]