chemistry research news

  • 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

  • Three alternate molecular diagrams of carbon nanotubes
    The Mole

    Carbon in the pipeline

    1 January 2008

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A gecko's foot
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    Geckoman versus spiderman

    1 July 2007

    According to research done in Italy, Spiderman could have some competition for wall space from a new sticky superhero

  • Spider web
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    Proteins' web of intrigue

    1 July 2007

    Recent work by a German research group has helped to unravel the secrets of the spider's silk spinning success

  • Solar panels
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    Molecular light switch

    1 March 2007

    Scientists have developed the molecular equivalent of a solar panel, which can act as a light signal processor

  • An xray of a broken bone
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    Plug and play bone repair

    1 March 2007

    New method for printing artificial bone using ink made from living bone could aid reconstructive surgery