chemistry in context

  • Acid mine drainage in spain

    Acid mine drainage - a legacy of an industrial past

    1 March 2006

    The environmental damage caused by acid mine drainage (AMD) is a worldwide and growing problem in those countries that once, or are still, extracting coal and/or metals. What is AMD, what effect does it have on the environment, and what can be done about

  • GM-250

    GM foods - addressing public concerns

    1 January 2006

    Genetically modified (GM) foods continue to generate media attention and concern among the public. How can analytical chemists help consumers make informed choices

  • Figure 1 - the sea-water battery

    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.

  • Snowmobiles - an application for self-healing polymers

    The chemistry of self-healing polymers

    1 September 2005

    A familiar example of a system with self-healing ability is the human body. But could an analogous strategy be used for the self-repair of polymeric composites?

  • Nagyvary Box image

    Investigating the secrets of the Stradivarius

    1 July 2005

    For the past 200 years violin makers around the world have sought to produce violins that would rival those of Stradivari and Guarneri made during 1700-50.

  • Scientist with test tubes

    Analytical chemistry makes the news

    1 March 2005

    University departments traditionally divided chemistry into inorganic, organic and physical subsets, with analytical chemistry sitting somewhere in between. But this is changing. The teaching of analytical chemistry is currently undergoing a renaissance in many universities.

  • food main 1

    The fight against food adulteration

    1 March 2005

    Today's quality control of the food and drinks industry is thanks to pioneering work started in the 19th century

  • shiny metal

    Salty solvents – ionic really

    1 January 2005

    Ionic compounds are usually high melting point solids. But mix together a powdered organic salt with aluminium chloride and the result is a clear, colourless, 'ionic liquid'

  • image - making ice cream - start

    Making ice cream - it's physical chemistry

    1 July 2003

    An understanding of the physical chemistry of ice cream is the route to a smooth, soft, creamy dessert

  • Figure 1 - Wood's apparatus

    The beginnings of Mössbauer spectroscopy

    1 July 2002

    In 1958 Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer, aged 29, published the results of an experiment which gave rise to the branch of spectroscopy which now bears his name.