• 08-07 – Germain Henri Hess's Birthday

Today in chemistry history: Germain Hess, Hess’s Law, and enthalpy changes

August 7th, 2018|

On this day back in 1802, Germain Hess was born in Switzerland. Hess would go on to do important work in the field of thermochemistry, the part of chemistry concerned with energy changes in chemical reactions. His work led to the eponymous Hess’s law, explained in the graphic above. Hess also analysed the mineral silver telluride, which was named Hessite in his honour.  […]

  • 008 ChemMonthly July 2018

#ChemMonthly July 2018: Water on Mars, crisp packet recycling, and textbook mechanism errors

August 3rd, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a water lake underneath the ice cap of Mars, how mass spectrometry can help spot poetry forgeries, the identification of a key protein in body odour production, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories. […]

  • The science of thunderstorms

The science of thunderstorms – thunder, lightning, and chemical reactions

July 31st, 2018|

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Here in the UK, a completely un-British heatwave finally came to a thundery end last weekend. Having already looked at the chemistry behind the smell of rain, here’s a look at some of the science behind thunderstorms. How does lightning happen, what gives it its blue-violet tinge, and what does it have to do with plant growth?

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  • C&EN – Volcanoes preview

Volcanic eruptions: the chemistry of lava and volcanic gases

July 25th, 2018|

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Volcanic eruptions can be unpredictable and destructive. In the latest edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical and Engineering News, we investigate the types of lava produced in volcanoes and the gases ejected during eruptions. Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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  • The chemistry of spinach

The chemistry of spinach: the iron myth and ‘spinach teeth’

July 17th, 2018|

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“Spinach is a good source of iron” – a myth, but a surprisingly persistent one. The story behind the myth and the chemistry that debunks it are fascinating. Here we look at both, as well as the chemical explanation behind the ‘spinach teeth’ phenomenon.

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  • The chemistry of football shirts WC 2018

The chemistry of a football shirt – World Cup 2018 final edition

July 15th, 2018|

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It’s the World Cup final between France and Croatia today! Here’s an updated version of the chemistry of football shirts post, taking a look at the polymeric materials that make up a shirt.

 

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