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Plastic conservation


Usually we want plastics to degrade, so what about when we don’t? How chemists are helping museums preserve plastics

Everyday science

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Battle of the hand sanitisers


Are quaternary ammonium compounds just as good at killing Covid-19 as alcohols?

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Electrochemistry could secure astronauts oxygen on the Moon


Extracting oxygen and metals from moon rock may help build new lunar base

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That’s the spirit!


How Raman spectroscopy is fighting the growing problem of fake whisky

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How was the Moon formed?


New evidence raises further questions about its origins

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‘To find a carbon-neutral and commercially feasible way to produce hydrogen’


Meet Ramy Salemdeeb, an engineer whose passion for the environment and problem-solving has led him from Palestine to Scotland

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‘Structure and bonding really gets to the heart of chemistry’


Meet Niki Kaiser, a chemistry teacher inspiring others to embrace evidence-based teaching practices

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Single-use plastic in period products


Forget bags and straws. Disposable period products are a much great contributor to the amount of plastic littering our environment

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The science of melting chocolate


Use this infographic with your 11–14 students to develop their knowledge of changes of state and their graphing skills

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The science of smartwatches


How wearable tech uses chemistry to help monitor your health – with spectroscopy, battery technology and smart materials

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Allotropes of carbon


Use this infographic with your 14–16 classes to boost their knowledge of diamond, graphite, graphene and fullerenes

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Your place or mine? The local business of lithium mining

2020-11-30T10:23:00+00:00By ,

Lithium-ion batteries will power the next generation of electric cars, but how can we mine lithium with minimal impact on the environment?

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Toxins in food

2020-11-23T09:34:00+00:00By ,

Many foods contain toxins such as oxalic acid. How do we balance the risks and benefits to health?