Chemistry

  • A mega library of nanoparticles

    Creating it took no more than the basic principles of chemistry.

    US researchers say they have developed a way to produce 65,000+ types of complex nanoparticles, each containing up to...

    Chemistry January 27, 2020
  • A new class of cool blues

    Developers say they are also cheaper and safer.

    Cobalt Blue (CoAl2O4) is enduringly popular because, we are told, of its colour intensity, ease of synthesis and vers...

    Chemistry January 21, 2020
  • Liquid metal takes on bacteria

    A new approach to beating antibiotic resistance.

    Australian researchers are using liquid metals to develop a “bacteria-destroying” technology they hope will be the an...

    Chemistry January 14, 2020
  • Swiss watch on damaging emissions

    New material improves carbon-capture from wet flue gases, researchers say.

    By Nick CarneSwiss chemical engineers may have taken an important step in finding the best way to strip damaging carb...

    Chemistry December 11, 2019
  • Bio-inspired gel is tough when it counts

    Contrary to expectations, it hardens when heated and softens when cooled.

    At 25°C the gel is soft and cannot support a 10 kg weight (top) but it quickly becomes rigid and opaque when at 60°C ...

    Chemistry December 8, 2019
  • Ultracold chemistry captures an elusive act

    Researchers see what happens during a chemical reaction.

    Chemical reactions transform reactants to products through an intermediate state where bonds break and form. Often to...

    Chemistry December 1, 2019
  • Light-loving polymer acts like a sunflower

    New smart material could be a game-changer for solar energy.

    Many living things exhibit phototropism – the ability to track a light source and align to it. The best-known example...

    Energy November 4, 2019
  • When bad plastic turns good

    Catalytic method allows for ‘upcycling’, researchers suggest.

    US researchers say they have developed a catalytic method to turn single-use plastic into high-quality liquid product...

    Chemistry October 24, 2019
  • Turning sunlight into syngas

    British researchers report a new benchmark in the field of solar fuels.

    This “artificial leaf” uses water, sunlight and carbon dioxide rather than fossil fuels to produce the widely used ga...

    Chemistry October 21, 2019
  • From chaos, sticky order

    Creating a substance that will stick to just about anything.

    This material might be the future of soft, nanomaterials.  Researchers from the North Carolina State University, in ...

    Materials October 14, 2019
  • Would you like some chemicals with that?

    You might have no choice if you eat out. Natalie Parletta reports.

    If anyone needs another good reason for choosing home-cooked food over restaurants or take-out, here it is: a study h...

    Chemistry October 10, 2019
  • Microbe battles contaminants

    A bacterium from the wetlands shows promise against persistent pollutant.

    A fallen tree exposes iron-rich soils, the source of PFAS-degrading bacteria in a forested wetland in New Jersey, US....

    Chemistry September 22, 2019
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