Chemistry

  • 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...

    Chemistry 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
  • 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
  • Determined science

    A multi-skilled, international team conducted the detailed research into the Folbigg family’s gen...

    In 2003, Kathleen Folbigg was convicted of killing her four young children, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in the...

    Chemistry March 5, 2021
  • Colourful detection crystals

    New research explains how a type of crystal could be used to detect dangerous chemicals.

    A group of Australian researchers have found a fast method of detecting toxins produced from pesticides and chemical ...

    Chemistry March 5, 2021
  • Radical ozone chemistry

    New research explains why ozone pollution has jumped even as emissions fall.

    Last year’s lockdowns resulted in a drop in air pollution around the globe. But while other pollutants decreased, Bei...

    Chemistry March 2, 2021
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