3110, 2016
  • RealTimeChem Week – Developing Advanced Lithium Ion Batteries

RealTimeChem Week: Developing Advanced Lithium Ion Batteries

October 31st, 2016|

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This week (31 Oct – 6 Nov) is #RealTimeChem Week – if you’re a tweeting chemist or chemistry enthusiast, you’ll probably know what that is already, but if you’re not familiar with it check out the FAQ here! Like last year, I’ll be creating graphics showcasing the work of the three winners of the #RealTimeChem week competition I ran earlier in October – hopefully explaining cutting edge research in easily understandable terms!


910, 2016

Nanotechnology Day & Everyday Uses of Nanotechnology – In C&EN

October 9th, 2016|

October 9 is National Nanotechnology Day in the US, as it’s 10/9 in the American date format (and one nanometre is 10–9 metres). This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at a selection of the nanotechnology that’s already made its way into our everyday lives. Click through to the C&EN site to […]

3009, 2016
  • The Nobel Prize Medals

The Nobel Prize Medals (and How to Make Them Disappear)

September 30th, 2016|

Next week, the winners of this year’s batch of Nobel Prizes will be announced. Every winner receives a Nobel Prize medal, featuring a portrait of the founder of the prizes, Albert Nobel. This graphic takes a look at the composition of these medals – and how chemistry was once used to make them disappear!


2009, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Paper and Polymer Bank Notes

The Chemistry of Paper and Polymer Banknotes

September 20th, 2016|

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Last week the UK put its first polymer note into circulation, and it plans to replace all of its paper banknotes with polymer notes by 2020 (with the current exception of the £50 note). It’s far from the first country to introduce polymer notes, however; in fact, Australia has been using them since 1988! What then is the advantage of polymer notes over paper ones? Here we take a look at the chemistry and the benefits.


1508, 2016
  • Rio Olympic Medal Compositions

The Composition of the Rio Olympics Medals

August 15th, 2016|

If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you might have assumed that the medals given out are, as advertised, made of gold, silver, and bronze. Due to metal values, however, the reality is slightly more complicated. Giving out pure gold medals would be financially crippling for the International Olympic Committee, so unsurprisingly some compromises are involved. This graphic looks at the different metals used.


1107, 2016
  • C&EN USA Coin Compositions Preview

The Compositions of U.S. Coins – in C&EN

July 11th, 2016|

In this month’s Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News magazine, we’re looking at the compositions of U.S. coins, as well as some of their quirky history. Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic. For our UK followers, there’s also an older graphic on UK coin compositions here!