Chemistry

  • Next Big Thing: Catalysts can change the world

    It is possible to step towards a sustainable world – you just have to be clever with the chemistr...

    We now have more cars in Sydney’s CBD then we had in the 1970s, yet our air quality is radically better. Why? Because...

    Chemistry May 7, 2021
  • Molecules brought into a single quantum state

    Breakthrough in quantum chemistry has implications for quantum technology.

    Quantum technology has a lot of promise, but several research barriers need to be overcome before it can be widely us...

    Chemistry April 29, 2021
  • Why antibiotics shouldn’t be in soap

    It’s the “soap” in antibacterial soap that’s protecting your hands – not the “antibacterial”.

    You might assume that a soap or a cleaning product labelled as “antimicrobial” or “antibacterial” is a safer, more hy...

    Core Sciences April 26, 2021
  • Whitest, coolest paint ever made

    The highly reflective paint could reduce reliance on air conditioning.

    A team of US engineers has developed the whitest – and therefore coolest – paint in the world, able to reflect 98.1% ...

    Chemistry April 16, 2021
  • Aerosols have three different liquid phases

    A discovery about the chemistry of aerosols has implications for climate modelling and pollution ...

    Aerosols – tiny droplets of liquid suspended in the air – have interesting chemical and physical properties. They ...

    Chemistry April 13, 2021
  • Glowing, colour-changing polymer

    Scientists design a polymer that changes colour depending on its length.

    An international team of chemists, including some Australians, have developed a type of polymer that can glow in a br...

    Chemistry April 8, 2021
  • Antibiotic properties of amber

    The fossilised resin contains antibiotic compounds.

    Chemicals in fossilised Baltic amber resin have antibiotic properties, and may be useful for treating antibiotic resi...

    Chemistry April 5, 2021
  • A new carbon capture catalyst

    Molybdenum disulphide offers a more sustainable transformation of CO2.

    Chemists have suggested a new method for turning carbon dioxide into methanol using a special catalyst – a technique ...

    Chemistry March 23, 2021
  • How perovskites twist

    New research has shone light on the internal structures of perovskite crystals.

    Perovskites are a popular substance in materials science, particularly in solar panel research. They’re flexible, the...

    Chemistry March 16, 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 Adelaide...

    Chemistry March 12, 2021
  • Video

    Cosmos Briefing: Hydrogen

    Experts discuss the future of hydrogen as a fuel.

    Hydrogen is set to accelerate as a fuel source over the next decade, but we need to watch where it’s used, according ...

    Cosmos Briefing March 11, 2021
  • Exploring treatments in breast cancer

    The proof is in the hormones when it comes to breast-cancer treatment.

    Breast cancer is now the most-diagnosed cancer worldwide. With 2.3 million new cases revealed in 2020, it’s not a pro...

    Chemistry March 8, 2021
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