Chemistry

  • The chemistry of soap

    A few minor cosmetic tweaks aside, the basic recipe for soap has endured for millennia.

    by Jacinta Bowler Show of hands: who has become infinitely, intimately more familiar with soap recently? If 2020 w...

    Chemistry June 21, 2021
  • Mary Sherman Morgan – Rocket Girl

    The fuel that launched America’s first artificial satellite was formulated by a woman – “the best...

    In 2008, American playwright George Morgan wrote a play titled Rocket Girl, which he followed up in 2013 with a book ...

    Physics June 20, 2021
  • Overcoming atomic level perovskite defects

    Impurities found in the crystal structures of perovskites could be hindering their performance.

    A group of Australian and Chinese researchers have found tiny defects – and ways to resolve them – in the atomic stru...

    Chemistry June 15, 2021
  • Material with zero thermal expansion

    Australian researchers have found an advanced material that doesn’t change size over a huge tempe...

    It’s a basic rule of chemistry and physics: when you heat things up, they get bigger. While there are exceptions (lik...

    Chemistry June 15, 2021
  • Clean, green way to make ammonia fertilisers

    Australian chemists have found a clean, efficient method of making large amounts of ammonia.

    A team of Australian scientists have developed a new, efficient way to make the critical agricultural product ammonia...

    Chemistry June 11, 2021
  • Video

    Turning textiles into raw materials

    We talk to Robert Speight and Adrian Jones about recovering fabric waste at BlockTexx.

    If they can’t be used second-hand, is it possible to recycle old clothes? What about recycling other fabrics and text...

    Materials June 9, 2021
  • Manipulating molecules with fluids

    Fresh insights on how a Vortex Fluidic Device can be used to control chemical reactions.

    Professor Colin Raston with his Vortex Fluidic Device. Credit: Flinders University Fluids are fiendishly unpredict...

    Chemistry June 8, 2021
  • Jane Marcet teaches chemistry

    One of the world’s most influential chemistry teachers wasn’t trained as a scientist.

    Jane Marcet wasn’t a scientist, and yet during her life she exerted tremendous influence over the practice of science...

    Chemistry June 6, 2021
  • Ultra-sticky underwater glue

    The silk-derived glue was inspired by barnacles and mussels.

    Inspired by barnacles and mussels, researchers have designed an ultra-strong glue that works underwater. If you’ve...

    Chemistry June 3, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: What is a polymer?

    This class of molecule appears across chemistry, biology and technology – so what exactly are pol...

    Polymers are used all across chemistry and materials science. With a growing need for plastics recycling and increasi...

    Chemistry June 2, 2021
  • Explainer: Wastewater

    How does wastewater testing work?

    COVID-19 detections in wastewater have been making headlines for the past 12 months – including this week in Melbourn...

    Chemistry May 25, 2021
  • South Australia to embrace tasty Cypriot wine variety

    The xynisteri variety is drought resistant and enjoyed by consumers.

    You might soon be taking a new wine to your next Aussie barbecue: xynisteri. Researchers led by Alexander Copper h...

    Chemistry May 17, 2021
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