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1 September 2011
Tom Westgate meets some chemists working towards a fossil fuel-free future
..won't happen without chemists. We need a new generation of young chemists to avoid becoming an undernourished, impoverished, unsustainable world.
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 hazardous nature of hydrogen fluoride brought agony and death to investigators during early attempts to isolate fluorine
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?
From a chance discovery by a French saltpetre manufacturer, iodine celebrates 200 years of use in industry and medical science in 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
From early smog problems to modern concerns about air pollution, catalysts pave the way in controlling the emissions from combustion engines
1 May 2011
A masterclass in teaching the topic of bonding, basing chemical explanation on physical forces
Synchrotron light allows chemists to see within structures and individual atoms, without disrupting samples
FROM THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY
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