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  • Interstitial oxide ions
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    Clean energy

    1 September 2011

    Tom Westgate meets some chemists working towards a fossil fuel-free future

  • Hands holding the world
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    A healthy, wealthy, sustainable world

    1 September 2011

    ..won't happen without chemists. We need a new generation of young chemists to avoid becoming an undernourished, impoverished, unsustainable world.

  • The sun setting over the earth
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    Molybdenum and evolution

    1 September 2011

    Recent discoveries indicate that our atmosphere was not always oxygen rich - molybdenum could have been the limiting factor in the evolution of life on earth

  • The Barber Cup - a first century Roman vessel carved from a single piece of fluorspar (fluorite)
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    The discovery of fluorine

    1 September 2011

    The hazardous nature of hydrogen fluoride brought agony and death to investigators during early attempts to isolate fluorine

  • Biomimetric mimicking patterns
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    Biomimetics

    1 June 2011

    The next generation of functional materials will need to include aniostropic (directionally dependent) crystals. But how has nature been the source of inspiration for these?

  • Iodine
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    Discovering iodine

    1 June 2011

    From a chance discovery by a French saltpetre manufacturer, iodine celebrates 200 years of use in industry and medical science in 2011

  • Harry Kroto holding closed buckyball cages
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    Symmetry of buckminsterfullerene

    1 June 2011

    Both Euler's formula and Descartes' theorem can be used to show how buckyballs are made from closed cages of carbon pentagons and hexagons

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    The evolution of catalytic converters

    1 June 2011

    From early smog problems to modern concerns about air pollution, catalysts pave the way in controlling the emissions from combustion engines

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    Chemical Bonding

    1 May 2011

    A masterclass in teaching the topic of bonding, basing chemical explanation on physical forces

  • The Diamond Light Source site in Didcot, Oxfordshire
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    Diamond Light Source: illuminating chemistry

    1 May 2011

    Synchrotron light allows chemists to see within structures and individual atoms, without disrupting samples