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    Experimenting with biodiesel

    1 July 2007

    The synthesis of biodiesel is exploited to teach general chemistry principles and as a way of fostering a 'green conscience' within undergraduate chemistry students

  • Structures of parsol 340, parsol 5000 and parsol MCX
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    Investigating commercial sunscreens

    1 July 2007

    Commercial sunscreens provide the basis of an industry-linked investigation suitable for students at various levels

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    Making triazoles, the green way

    1 May 2007

    Triazole synthesis provides an excellent example of a reaction that has the potential to illustrate principles of green chemistry to undergraduates

  • Students conducting a miscroscale experiment
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    Microscale chemistry

    1 March 2007

    The range of school experiments being done on the microscale is growing. Here are examples from Key Stage 3, through Key Stage 4, to A-level

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    Investigating activation energies

    1 January 2007

    A challenge for post-16 students to investigate the activation energies of the enzyme-catalysed and the inorganic-catalysed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide

  • Creating copper
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    Applied science: on course

    1 November 2006

    Applied science has a key role in the 14-16 curriculum, and its popularity is growing

  • An image of the world made from plant debris
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    The carbon dioxide problem

    1 March 2006

    Measuring carbon dioxide from plant debris provides an opportunity for an inquiry-based experiment aimed at 14-15 year olds. Similar experiments are done by soil scientists and ecologists in their efforts to understand the global carbon cycle

  • Figure 1 - the sea-water battery
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    Rough science and homemade batteries

    1 January 2006

    Investigations involving simple batteries made from items found in the home or school laboratory can help KS3 pupils understand the origin of current, voltage and power, and the chemistry that drives batteries.