1709, 2018
  • C&EN – Platinum drugs for cancer preview

40 years of platinum drugs for cancer – in C&EN

By |September 17th, 2018|

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2018 marks 40 years since the FDA first approved cisplatin, a platinum-containing drug to treat cancer. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at how it works and some of the other platinum-containing drugs that followed. Click through to see the full version of the graphic on the C&EN site. […]

1209, 2018
  • Wedding ring metals

What are wedding rings made of, and how do their properties vary?

By |September 12th, 2018|

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I’m currently at that age where my Facebook news feed is an endless stream of either wedding or baby photos. Most recently, one of my best friends was shopping for wedding rings in advance of their marriage next year, which got me thinking about different wedding ring metals. What elements are they composed of, and how does this influence their properties?


1008, 2018
  • The chemistry of condoms

The chemistry of condom materials – from sheep guts to synthetic rubber

By |August 10th, 2018|

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Today, we take contraception for granted to a certain extent. It’s easy to forget that, less than 200 years ago, the only condom available was one made from a length of sheep gut that you had to wash and re-use. Today, they’re made from a handful of different materials. This post looks at their recent material history, and some of the other chemistry modern condoms utilise.


708, 2018
  • 08-07 – Germain Henri Hess's Birthday

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

By |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.  […]

2507, 2018
  • C&EN – Volcanoes preview

Volcanic eruptions: the chemistry of lava and volcanic gases

By |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.


1507, 2018
  • The chemistry of football shirts WC 2018

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

By |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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