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This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – The Smell of Blood, & Ebola Treatment Trials

Here’s another edition of the ‘This Week in Chemistry’ feature, providing updates on the latest chemical research, as well as summarising the chemistry stories that have made the news in the past week. The past seven days have seen the chemical behind the metallic odour that lures carnivores to blood identified, as well as the […]

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Materials Chemistry

The Chemistry of a Football Shirt

With the new season of the Premier League kicking off this weekend, it seemed a good time to take a look at the chemicals that make up your average football shirt. Even if the start of a new football season isn’t the kind of event to fill you with excitement, it’s still intriguing from a chemistry […]

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Materials Chemistry

The Myriad Uses of Stronger Than Steel Kevlar

You’ve probably read of the recent death of Stephanie Kwolek, the American chemist who discovered Kevlar. Most people have almost certainly heard of Kevlar, in the context of bullet-proof vests, but fewer are probably aware of the vast range of applications it has, or the chemical reasons behind its strength.

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Materials Chemistry

The Chemistry of the World Cup Football

A number of chemical materials are used in the manufacture of the Brazuca, the World Cup football. The majority of these materials are polymers; these are very long molecules built up from many smaller component molecules. A simple, everyday example is polyethene, used to make some plastic bags. Different classes of polymers are used to […]