Chemistry

  • 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
  • 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
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