Chemistry

  • Super-strength spider silk made by bacteria

    New bacteria engineered to produce fibre as tough as steel.

    If you’re scared of spiders but also need really strong silk, have no fear, because engineers at Washington Universit...

    News July 21, 2021
  • (Almost) home-made microswimmers

    Simple, self-powered microswimmers could also help with research.

    Microswimmers – micrometre-sized drops that can move through liquids – are used to study the way tiny organisms move....

    News July 16, 2021
  • Stomach that: Liquid from cow stomachs digests plastic

    Polyesters can break down in rumen fluid.

    Bacteria from the stomach of a cow can digest some plastic, removing it from the environment, according to a team of ...

    Chemistry July 5, 2021
  • Making light of molecule manufacture

    Chemists have seen the light and developed a better way of making cyclodextrin.

    You may not have heard of cyclodextrins, but chances are you’ve used or ingested things made with them. The doughnut-...

    Chemistry June 22, 2021
  • 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
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