Today in Chemistry History: Dorothy Hodgkin and X-ray crystallography

May 12th, 2019|

Dorothy Hodgkin was born on this day in 1910. She’s famed as one of only four women to have won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the only British woman to have done so. This graphic takes a look at the work that earned her the prize.


IYPT 2019 Elements 027: Cobalt: Pigments, jet engines, and sterilisation

May 9th, 2019|

Element 27 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is cobalt, found in pigments, jet engines, and used in the sterilisation of medical equipment.


The origins of the elements – in C&EN

May 7th, 2019|

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There are 118 elements in the periodic table – but they’re not all made in the same way. This graphic looks at some of the processes which generate elements in stars, and how the elements they can’t make are made by humans. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.


#ChemMonthly April 2019: The Universe’s first molecule and making graphene with hair removal wax

May 4th, 2019|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on the observation of the universe’s first molecule in space, a new method for making graphene using hair removal wax, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


IYPT 2019 Elements 026: Iron: Blood, Mars, and magnetic fields

May 3rd, 2019|

Element 26 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is iron – found in our blood, on the Red Planet, and also responsible for our own planet’s magnetic field.


IYPT 2019 Elements 025: Manganese: Rail tracks and drinks cans

April 30th, 2019|

Element 25 in our International Year of the Periodic Table elements series is manganese, found in railways, our bones and enzymes, and drinks cans.