Browse this collection of stories and surprising facts to engage your students with chemistry in a whole new way
The career of Fritz Haber.
The story of the Air Canada plane that ran out of fuel in mid-air and had to land as a glider, due to a units mix-up when calculating the fuel needed for the journey.
The background and chemistry of burning calcium with hydrogen and oxygen to make ‘limelight’.
The life, work and campaigning of Linus Pauling
Creating a balsa wood substitute from calcium alginate for World War 2 aircraft production.
The history and chemistry of matches.
Measuring lead levels in hair using atomic absorption spectrometry.
Mercury poisoning and the origins of the phrase ‘mad as a hatter’.
Nobel prize based humour…
The background to the discovery, naming and production of Nylon.
The accidental discovery of three artificial sweeteners.
The background to the discovery, naming and uses of Teflon.
The discovery of buckminsterfullerene, the third allotrope of carbon.
The story of the attempted murder of Rasputin and why it didn’t work.
The history and background of the Nobel prizes.
Thomas Midgley, and the discovery of lead additives for petrol and chlorofluorocarbons.
The discovery of the electron and the diffraction of an electron beam.
The original of the Winchester Bottle