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Scientists with Elements Named After Them

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Researchers describe oxygen’s different shapes

Oxygen-16, one of the key elements of life on earth, is produced by a series of reactions inside of red giant stars. Now a team of physicists, including one from North Carolina State University, has revealed how the element’s nuclear … Continue reading

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Artificial photosynthesis a step closer

Artificial photosynthesis, in which we emulate the process used by nature to capture energy from the sun and convert it into electrochemical energy, is expected to be a major asset in any sustainable energy portfolio for the future. Artificial photosynthesis … Continue reading

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Graphene’s love affair with water

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Graphene has proven itself as a wonder material with a vast range of unique properties. Among the least-known marvels of graphene is its strange love affair with water. Graphene is hydrophobic – it repels water – but narrow capillaries made … Continue reading

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Hydronium and the Determination of pH

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The hydronium cation, also known as hydroxonium is the positively charged polyatomic ion with the chemical formula H3O+. Hydronium, a type of oxonium ion, is formed by the protonation of water (H2O). This cation is often used to represent the … Continue reading

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Proton flow battery advances hydrogen power

Researchers have developed a concept hydrogen battery based simply on storing protons produced by splitting water. The novel concept developed by researchers at RMIT University advances the potential for hydrogen to replace lithium as an energy source in battery-powered devices. The proton … Continue reading

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New surface treatment stops scale buildup

Scale, as these deposits are known, causes inefficiencies, downtime, and maintenance issues. In the oil and gas industry, scale has sometimes led to the complete shutdown, at least temporarily, of operating wells. So addressing this problem could have a big … Continue reading

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Liquid crystal turns water droplets into ‘gemstones’

Liquid crystals are remarkable materials that combine the optical properties of crystalline solids with the flow properties of liquids, characteristics that come together to enable the displays found in most computer monitors, televisions and smartphones. In a study published in … Continue reading

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New salt compounds challenge the foundation of chemistry

All good research breaks new ground, but rarely does the research unearth truths that challenge the foundation of a science. That’s what Artem R. Oganov has done, and the professor of theoretical crystallography in the Department of Geosciences will have … Continue reading

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Tsar’s Vodka and Gold

Experimenting with Aqua Regia again – this time because of a bottle acquired by Professor Poliakoff in Russia. With thanks to senior technician Neil Barnes, as always!

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Frederick Sanger

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Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post. Frederick Sanger (13/08/1918 – 19/11/2013) was a British biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry twice, one of only two people to have done so in the same category (the other is John Bardeen in Physics), the fourth person … Continue reading

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Stanene, conducts electricity at 100% effieciency

A single layer of tin atoms could be the world’s first material to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency at room temperature, a team of theoretical physicists led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory … Continue reading

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Hot water freezes faster than cold – and now we know why

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Many moons ago Deskarati asked the question ‘Why does hot water freeze quicker than cold‘. We never really got to the bottom of it. But now it looks like we might have an answer – Deskarati. Hot water seems to … Continue reading

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How the Alphon became an outdated concept

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What’s an alphon? Nothing whatsoever. But at one time, they might have been the thing that provide the basic building block of all chemistry. Let’s look at the science that might have been. It’s the first half of the twentieth … Continue reading

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New device harnesses sun and sewage to produce hydrogen fuel

A novel device that uses only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment. A research team led by Yat Li, associate professor of chemistry at the University … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel

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Chemists used to create models of molecules using plastic balls and sticks. Today, the modelling is carried out in computers. In the 1970s, Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel laid the foundation for the powerful programs that are used … Continue reading

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Delicate oxidation can transform greenhouse gas into useful chemicals

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Methane is the main component of natural gas, as well as a potent greenhouse gas whose levels in the atmosphere have been rising. In a new study, scientists have investigated a way to transform methane into more valuable and useful … Continue reading

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Researchers identify endocrine-disrupting chemical in bottled water

A team of researchers in Germany has identified an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) found in samples taken from commercial bottled water. In their paper published in PLoS ONE, the team describes the methods they used to isolate the EDC found in … Continue reading

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World’s Thinnest Glass Made By Accident

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Researchers accidentally discovered the world’s thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick. Their chance finding — now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, out this week — gives scientists a glimpse into the puzzling … Continue reading

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