All Materials articles – Page 10

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    The science of sorting

    2013-09-02T00:00:00Z

    Many of the UK's local authorities collect recyclable waste mixed together in the same bin. Mike Tingle discovers how differences in chemical and physical properties are used to separate a wide variety of materials

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    Faces of Chemistry: solarcasts

    In association with The Solar Spark at the University of Edinburgh

    Find out more about ground-breaking solar technology in this series of interviews with researchers from The Solar Spark.

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    Chemistry in your Bathroom resource

    In association with

    Discover how Croda products transform your bathroom from disarray to a fully functionable and clean bathroom with this resource explaining the chemistry behind these products. Please note that some aspects of the resource are no longer interactive/functional.

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    Make a Grtäzel cell

    In association with The Solar Spark at the University of Edinburgh

    Make a dye sensitised solar cell using household items such as raspberries.

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    Sunlight to electricity

    Visible light from the sun can be converted directly to electricity by the use of solar cells. In this activity students make their own dye sensitised solar cells, measuring the current produced and use them to power a calculator.

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    Year 9 chemistry day

    Introducing the fun aspects polymers with plastic milk and bouncing custard.

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    Wash Bag Chemistry

    ‘Wash Bag Chemistry’ has the potential to be a truly cross curricular activity. The Business Studies department in a school can take on the task of compiling the product reports and teaching the business outcomes that could be covered. The Art department could also be involved –pupils could design logos ...

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    Snap, crackle and snot

    Investigate some of the weird and wonderful properties of solids, liquids and gases.

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    The Mole

    Trade secrets... How to make a printed circuit board

    2013-07-01T12:59:00Z

    Secrets of the trade: Jonathan Hare explores the chemistry behind your favourite gadgets

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    Textile conservation

    2013-05-01T00:00:00Z

    Anita Quye explains how to look after fragile fabrics for future generations

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    Tungsten

    2013-03-01T00:00:00Z

    John Emsley looks at the heavy metal that makes light work of tough jobs

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    Paper conservation

    2013-03-01T00:00:00Z

    History is written on paper and chemistry is at the heart of paper conservation

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    Tin

    2013-01-01T00:00:00Z

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Education in Chemistry, John Emsley takes a look at the 50th element

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    On This Day - Dec 07 : First thermosetting plastic

    “Bakelite” (polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolan- hydride) takes its name from its inventor, the Belgian chemist Leo Hendrik Baekeland.

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    On This Day – Jul 01 : Charles Goodyear died

    He was the inventor of vulcanized rubber, a baked mixture of rubber and sulfur (S) that creates a strengthened compound. The process reinvented rubber as a useful substance that could withstand the variations of day-to-day temperatures. Rubber alone freezes in winter and melts in summer.

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    On This Day - May 08 : Thomas Hancock was born

    He founded the rubber industry, inventing a machine that could work rubber scraps into blocks. Hancock also worked with Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and inventor of a waterproof rubber-impregnated fabric.

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    On This Day - Feb 16 : Man-made diamonds produced

    The small diamonds were produced in Stockholm by the ASEA, one of Sweden’s major electrical manufacturing companies. The ASEA had employed a team of five scientists and engineers to work on the top-secret diamond-making project QUINTUS.

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    On This Day - Feb 12 : Wentorf made borazon

    Borazon, a material hard enough to scratch diamonds, is created by heating equal quantities of boron and nitrogen at temperatures greater than 1,800 °C. It is used to manufacture high-precision steel and to sharpen high-speed steel tools.

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    Magic metal

    2012-07-01T00:00:00Z

    Demonstrations designed to capture the student's imagination

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    Thermoelectric materials: efficiencies found in nanocomposites

    2012-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Thermoelectric materials can be assembled into mechanical structures which can transform heat to electrical energy. They can be used for heat harvesting and refrigeration.