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    Freeing the world from chemical weapons

    2019-10-28T14:28:00Z

    Chemists have helped destroy 97% of declared banned substances, finds Andy Extance, and are pushing to get the rest

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    You are what you ate

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    This C/PBL resource looks at the metabolic causes and incidence of obesity in the cultural and social environment within which students, tutors, and institutions operate. Students are presented with a problem, the growing incidence of obesity, in a real life context in which the core subject, metabolic chemistry, plays a ...

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    Molecules against malaria

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    This medicinal chemistry case study is designed to introduce students to the development of antimalarial 4-aminoquinolines and the early stages of drug discovery and development. It focuses on antimalarial 4-aminoquinolines (4-AQs) and involves an introduction to malaria, its causes, societal impact and the need for new drugs. It then presents ...

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    94 Elements

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    This project is creating a collection of unique human stories by award-winning filmmakers about the endless ways the elements touch our daily lives.

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    Small is... challenge

    2016-12-12T13:33:59Z In association with

    A link to Practical Action's 'small is... challenge' and its related resources, where students are tasked with analysing technology from the last hundred years, and to invent a product that could help achieve a sustainable future.

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    Beat the flood challenge

    2016-12-12T13:24:55Z In association with

    Links to Practical Action's beat the flood challenge, including the teacher and student materials, beat the flood poster, competition winners and schools' experiences of the challenge. Video:Beat the flood

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    Why do we worry about chemicals?

    Here we provide you with public facing ‘Message Notes’ aimed at the wider public. These notes have the purpose of providing balanced information explaining the risks associated with chemicals of high concern. They also explain how chemists address and manage these risks.

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    Nuclear decommissioning: turning waste into wealth

    This context/problem-based learning (C/PBL) resource is part of a collection we have commissioned for you to use with your undergraduate students. This 5 credit module is based on the following scenario: Your students will consider the management of a nuclear decommissioning project with a focus on adding value ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Brian Handy

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Brian Handy explains what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. He describes some of the challenges, ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Patrick Regan

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Patrick Regan explains what it is like to work with the media. He explains why and how scientists should ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Peter Ivanov

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Peter Ivanov explains what it is like to work as a radiochemist. He describes the role of solvent extraction ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Martin Freer

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Martin Freer explains what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. He describes some of the issues ...

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    Chemhistory: phosphorus

    2015-10-09T11:17:00Z

    Professor Alan Dronsfield, chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry s Historical Group, looks at the significance of phosphorus in an historical context.

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    Scientific career paths: Academia or industry?

    2015-09-22T13:41:21Z In association with

    Nobel Laureates share their insights and experiences on working in industry and academia and their career paths. Video:Working in academia or industry - Barry Marshall Video:How does industry compare to academia? - Barry Marshall Video:Satisfying careers in academia or industry - Paul Nurse

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    The Titan project

    This problem-based case study concerns the location of a titanium dioxide plant and evaluation of analytical methods. Students are asked to act as the management team at the plant and produce a five-year plan for the site.

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    The chemistry of energy: case study

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    This resource is a group case study which guides students through some of the key chemical aspects of power generation, the distribution of energy and the relationship between science and policy. It’s a contextualised introduction to the application of several key chemical concepts such as thermodynamics to real world situations. ...

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    Future Cities project

    This problem-based case study sets chemistry within the ‘real’ context of a sustainable development project. This activity is designed so that all students are not working on exactly the same project with exactly the same data. Dynamic elements are introduced at three stages.

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    Theories about global warming

    This worksheet is intended to introduce theories about the causes of global warming. Use to initiate a class discussion, find out what the class already know about global warming and if they have any strong views on the subject.

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    Mario Molina puts ozone on the political agenda

    A set of resources on Mario Molina’s work on ozone and its impact on global politics.

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    Norbert Rillieux and the sugar industry

    This material is divided into two distinct pieces of work: Sparkling white crystals of sugar and Extracting sugar from sugar beet.