chemistry in context

  • Stored nuclear waste
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    Dealing with nuclear waste

    1 March 2007

    Nuclear power is a low-carbon technology, but it does come with a catch: it produces waste that emits harmful radiation for many thousands, even millions of years. UK chemists, however, are working to produce materials and technology to deal with this problem.

  • Image - Phenols-ugr1
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    Phenols in medicine

    1 January 2007

    Phenol encountered in school or college chemistry laboratories demands special respect on account of its toxic and corrosive nature. But phenol and its derivatives do have a few medicinal surprises

  • yew tree berry and needle - natural products offer myriad life-saving medicines
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    Natural products - back in vogue

    1 November 2006

    Chemists are once again turning to Nature to replenish the medicine chest

  • A London street
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    Dirty air

    1 September 2006

    What constitutes ground-level air pollution and what are the impacts of such pollutants on Man and the environment?

  • Popcorn
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    Making the most of starch

    1 September 2006

    With some clever chemistry starch represents an enormous and sustainable source of renewable carbon for non-food applications.

  • Chapattis
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    Chapattis and the English disease

    1 September 2006

    In the early 1700s in England 'nothing was so much feared or talk'd of as Rickets among Children'. We now know that this softening of the bones, is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D.

  • purple material
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    A forgotten anniversary?

    1 September 2006

    Has the significance of William Henry Perkin's synthesis of the purple dye mauveine begun to fade?

  • Amadeo Avogadro
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    Amadeo Avogadro 1776-1856

    1 July 2006

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of the Italian chemical physicist, Amedeo Avogadro.

  • Bare legs out of doors
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    Biting insects - a challenge for chemists

    1 July 2006

    In many parts of the world biting insects are major disease vectors, being the source of malaria and yellow fever for example, though in the UK they are mainly just a nuisance

  • Chlorpromazine - unlocked the asylum door for many patients
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    Chlorpromazine - unlocks the saylum

    1 May 2006

    The history of pharmaceuticals is enriched by accounts of drugs developed for one therapeutic purpose that found application in another. This is true for chlorpromazine, a treatment for severe mental illness