Mystery of benzene’s structure finally revealed
Opening the doors for a vast array of applications.
One of the fundamental mysteries of chemistry has been solved by Australian scientists – and the result may have impl...
When colloidal particles attract
Scientists develop a gel that’s not sticky.
This is an image of non-sticky gel taken using advanced 3D light microscopy techniques – and “non-sticky” is the clev...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...