chemistry

  • Explainer

    What’s in a COVID vaccine?

    We examine every single ingredient.

    You may have heard a lot about how COVID vaccines work over the past years, and how they are being rolled out. But sc...

    Medicine January 21, 2022
  • Albert Hofmann trips the light fantastic

    Chemist discovered LSD, and kickstarted the counter-culture.

    In a 2007 article, Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper named Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann and Tim Berners-Lee, the Br...

    Chemistry January 16, 2022
  • The Australian scientists greening ammonia for a sustainable future

    New technology shows the promise of an energy revolution.

    Monash University has exclusively licensed a new green ammonia technology to start-up Jupiter Ionics, a company co-fo...

    Sustainability January 7, 2022
  • Can a crystal change your life?

    There’s nothing mystical about the everyday marvel of crystals. In fact, you might be surprised t...

    The newspaper pull-out headline asked a simple question: “Can a crystal change your life?” As a chemist and crystallo...

    Chemistry January 7, 2022
  • Life-saving sensors

    A phone alert when the quality of the air you’re breathing has become unhealthy or downright dang...

    When we think of “air quality”, we imagine polluted air around our workplaces, factories and homes. Air quality can b...

    Chemistry December 10, 2021
  • Magazine

    What’s the science of ice cream?

    We all scream for a serve of this cold and creamy chemistry … But have you ever stopped to wonder...

    Ice cream seems like a simple concept: take cream or milk and make it cold enough to freeze. But in reality this froz...

    Chemistry December 9, 2021
  • Polly Porter rolls the stones

    As a Victorian-era girl, Mary Winearls Porter was kept from education, making her later scientifi...

    Polly Porter. The name sounds more like a character in a young-adult adventure story from the early 20th century than...

    Chemistry November 14, 2021
  • 2021 Nobel Prize-winners announced

    Amid a complex and trying year for scientists of all stripes, this year’s Nobel Prize-winners hav...

    ChemistryThe 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has just been awarded for the development of a precise new molecule-bu...

    Culture October 7, 2021
  • A quick way to weigh molecules

    Researchers have found a simpler way to identify chemicals.

    A mystery substance is analysed and found to contain, let’s say, five compounds. How is that analysis actually done? ...

    Australia July 26, 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 BowlerShow of hands: who has become infinitely, intimately more familiar with soap recently? If 2020 w...

    Chemistry June 21, 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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