2706, 2016
  • The Chemistry of a Football Shirt Euro 2016

The Chemistry of a Football Shirt – Euro 2016 Edition

June 27th, 2016|

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With Euro 2016 in full swing, it seemed a good time to update this look at the chemicals that make up your average football shirt. Even if the tournament isn’t the kind of event to fill you with excitement, it’s still intriguing from a chemistry perspective to examine the different chemical materials used and the properties that they lend the finished shirt.


1406, 2016
  • The Chemistry of the Euro 2016 Ball

The Chemistry of the Euro 2016 Football

June 14th, 2016|

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This year’s European Championships are now well under way in France, and there’s already been some great football on show. It might surprise you to learn that some chemistry has also been taking centre-stage! The Euro 2016 ball is a triumph of materials science, and in this post we take a look at some of the chemicals that make it up.


905, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Sunglasses

The Chemistry of Sunglasses – in C&EN

May 9th, 2016|

Summer’s fast approaching in the northern hemisphere, and after the surprising early arrival of summer-like weather in the UK this past weekend, it seems an appropriate time to be taking a look at the chemistry of sunglasses. What are they made of, how do they protect your eyes, and how do photochromic sunglasses work? Click through […]

1104, 2016
  • Water-repelling Chemistry

Repelling April Showers: The Chemistry of Water Repellents – in C&EN

April 11th, 2016|

This month’s instalment of Periodic Graphics in the American Chemical Society’s C&EN magazine takes a look at how chemistry can help repel water from surfaces as April showers approach. You can see the full graphic on the C&EN site.

402, 2016
  • Teflon: Its History & How it Works

Chemistry History: Teflon & Non-Stick Pans

February 4th, 2016|

On this day in 1941, Teflon, the polymer commonly found in non-stick pans, was patented. Its discovery actually occurred a few years previously – here’s a quick look at the story behind it, as well as the science behind its non-stick effect.


1512, 2015
  • Diamond Ring Chemistry

The Chemistry of Diamond Rings

December 15th, 2015|

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Diamonds might purportedly be ‘a girl’s best friend’, but they’re also quite interesting from a chemical perspective. You could be forgiven for thinking that there’s not a whole lot to them; after all, they’re simply one of the possible forms of carbon, formed at high pressure beneath the Earth’s surface. However, there are a number of factors that can affect their appearance, and several of these are rooted in chemistry. […]