IYPT 2019 Elements 052: Tellurium: Solar cells, discs and photocopiers

July 29th, 2019|

Element 52 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is tellurium. This element is found in some types of solar cells, DVD and Blu-Ray discs, and photocopiers.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 051: Antimony: Ancient eyeliner and bullets

July 28th, 2019|

Element 51 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is antimony. Used in antiquity as eyeliner and mascara, today antimony finds uses in fire retardants, car batteries and bullets.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 050: Tin: The Oscars, tin cans, and window glass

July 27th, 2019|

Element 50 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is tin. Tin was formerly used in the statuettes awarded at the Oscars, and is used to make window glass. It’s also found in eponymous tin cans.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 049: Indium: Touch screens, sprinklers and Formula 1

July 25th, 2019|

Element 49 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is indium. Indium makes the touch screens in our electronic devices possible, and is also found in emergency sprinklers and Formula 1 cars.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 048: Cadmium: Batteries and van Gogh

July 22nd, 2019|

Element 48 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is cadmium. Cadmium’s main use is in batteries, and it has previously seen use in paints – however, its toxicity means that many countries are looking to remove it from consumer products.

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Sunscreen and coral reef damage – in C&EN

July 21st, 2019|

Click to view full graphic on the C&EN site

Sunscreen protects our skin from the sun, but there’s also evidence that some of the lotion’s ingredients may damage coral reefs. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics looks at the responsible compounds and efforts to combat the problem. Click through to the Chemical and Engineering News site to view the full graphic.

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