chemistry research news

  • Batteries
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    Discharged chemical cocktail

    1 March 2009

    Researchers in Portugal use atomic absorption spectroscopy to identify the chemical cocktail of gases released when used alkaline batteries are incinerated

  • Fibre-optic cables
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    Communicating with logical chemistry

    1 November 2008

    Italian chemists build a simple glowing molecule that promises to speed up data transmission

  • Hydrogen molecules (green) adsorbed onto MOF-74, which comprises carbon atoms (grey) with columns of zinc ions (blue)
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    Hydrogen tanks

    1 July 2008

    Metal-organic compounds, the key to hydrogen-powered cars

  • Barrels of wine
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    Toasting a good wine

    1 March 2008

    French chemists analyse how the toasting of oak staves used to make wine barrels affects the chemical composition of the wood and the final uncorked product

  • Rich Diver assembles a prototype device designed to re-energise chemically carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a building block to synthesise a liquid combustible fuel
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    Converting sunshine into petrol

    1 March 2008

    Research done at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, hints at a new way to make petrol using nothing more than sunshine and thin air

  • Three alternate molecular diagrams of carbon nanotubes
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    Carbon in the pipeline

    1 January 2008

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) - rolled up sheets of graphite around 90,000 times thinner than human hair

  • The Indian neem tree
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    Insecticidal synthesis

    1 November 2007

    Cambridge chemists unlock the structural secrets of the Indian lilac's handy chemical weapon

  • People meeting and using laptops, tables and mobile phones
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    Bonding solution

    1 November 2007

    Canadian chemists are making a range of catalysts that not only speed up reactions but can endow molecules with much greater reactivity than normal

  • Snow boarding
    The Mole

    Conducting composites

    1 September 2007

    In this issue of the student supplement learn about the serendipitous discovery of quantum tunnelling composites and the myriad potential applications of these novel materials

  • Duncan Smith
    The Mole

    A day in the life of a research scientist: Duncan Smith

    1 September 2007

    Duncan Smith has spent the past nine months working for Ilika Technologies as a research scientist. He talks to Kathryn Roberts about his typical day