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Materials Chemistry

The chemistry of disposable nappies: absorbency, wetness indicators and waste

Five thousand: that’s the number of nappy changes the average child will need. There are several nappy choices available to parents, but disposable nappies make up a large portion of the market – and there’s a fair amount of chemistry behind how they keep a baby dry.

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Nobel Prizes

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The batteries that power our phones and laptops

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their contributions to the development of the lithium-ion battery.

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C&EN Materials Chemistry

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

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.

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Materials Chemistry

A Guide to Common Household Plastics

Plastic is everywhere in our day to day lives – but, of course, ‘plastic’ is just a catch-all term for a range of different chemical substances. This graphic takes a look at some of the more common plastics we encounter on a regular basis, and examines their chemical structures. Below, we’ll also talk a little about […]