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Materials Chemistry

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

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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C&EN Materials Chemistry

The chemistry of slime – in C&EN

The slime-making craze is sweeping school and homes worldwide, and shows no signs of stopping. This edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the ingredients and the science behind slime’s gooey properties. You can view the full graphic on the C&EN site here.

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ChemMonthly

#ChemMonthly June 2018: Carbon dioxide shortage, organic molecules on Mars, and car battery improvements

Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on the carbon dioxide shortage that’s hit Europe, the discovery of organic molecules on Mars, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.

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Colourful Chemistry Materials Chemistry

The chemistry of colour-changing alexandrite

Decades of marketing have placed diamonds on a pedestal above other gemstones. They’re an engagement ring tradition and are also found in lots of other jewellery. However, there’s another, coloured gemstone which is arguably superior. Not content with being one colour, it can display a whole range of hues, depending on the light falling on […]

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Materials Chemistry

The chemistry of the World Cup

The 2018 World Cup kicks off today! Here’s some of the chemistry you can look out for over the next month; polymers make up the ball and the shirts, and chemistry also has a part to play in the vanishing spray that referees will be using during the games. 

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Food Chemistry

Why is milk white? The chemistry of milk

  Yesterday, June 1, was World Milk Day. If you’re only learning this now and you’re disappointed at missing the opportunity to celebrate your love of all things milk, good news: there’s still time to learn about its chemistry! Chemistry can help answer a number of questions about milk, including why it’s white, and why […]