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ChemMonthly

#ChemMonthly October 2019: Transforming single-use plastics, and copernicium’s liquid behaviour

Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a catalyst that can transform single-use plastics into lubricants, copernicium’s liquid behaviour, and more! Links to articles and studies for all the featured stories are provided below.

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Environmental Chemistry Materials Chemistry

What’s your biodegradable coffee cup made of – and how biodegradable is it?

Has your local coffee shop recently switched to biodegradable cups? Or maybe your workplace canteen has made the switch to biodegradable cutlery? Perhaps the plastic packaging of your favourite magazine is now a biodegradable wrapper? You might wonder what materials are behind these biodegradable products, and exactly how much better they are for the environment […]

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Atmospheric Chemistry Chemunicate RealTimeChem

RealTimeChem Week: Turning Carbon Dioxide into Useful Plastics

This week (31 Oct – 6 Nov) is #RealTimeChem Week – if you’re a tweeting chemist or chemistry enthusiast, you’ll probably know what that is already, but if you’re not familiar with it check out the FAQ here! Like last year, I’m creating graphics showcasing the work of the three winners of the #RealTimeChem week competition I ran […]