Chemistry

Virtual Libraries Using Open Chemistry

This post provides an update of our CombiUgi project. From a larger perspective I think that this can be useful to people interested in how collaborative Open Science actually works. For those who have not been following the progress of the CombiUgi projec ...

Article - Jean-Claude Bradley - Jul 25 2007 - 9:39am

'Geckel Nanoadhesive' Works Both Wet And Dry

Want to make the perfect bandage? Mix the adhesive properties of the Mussel and the Gecko. Scientists report they have merged two of nature’s most elegant strategies for wet and dry adhesion to produce a synthetic material that one day could lead to more d ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 18 2007 - 1:38pm

Why Just Paint When You Can 'Armor' Instead?

Researchers at the University of Warwick's Department of Chemistry have found a way of replacing the soap used to stabilize latex emulsion paints with nanotech sized clay armour that can create a much more hard wearing and fire resistant paint. To dat ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 26 2007 - 11:45am

The Origin Of Chemistry In Circumstellar Space

Picture a cool place, teeming with a multitude of hot bodies twirling about in rapidly changing formations of singles and couples, partners and groups, constantly dissolving and reforming. That's a good description of the shells around dying stars, th ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 31 2007 - 4:41pm

Animations Of Chemical Reactions On Second Life

I have previously commented on how organic chemistry can be incorporated into Second Life. Andrew Lang has created a script to generate 3D structures of molecules and shown how to represent the docking of a molecule in the receptor site of a protein (this ...

Article - Jean-Claude Bradley - Nov 14 2011 - 1:52pm

Purifying Biodiesel Made From Vegetable Oils

A group of Chemists from the University of Leicester have developed a way of purifying biodiesel made from vegetable oils, which is cheap, simple and low in toxicity. The team, led by Professor Andrew Abbott is able to remove glycerol, the main by-product ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 4 2007 - 11:02am

New Alloy Makes For Jet Engine Components With Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Aircraft engines are more efficient at higher temperatures, but this requires thermal treatment of engine components at very specific high temperatures in excess of 1300 °C. If the heat treatment temperature deviates too much from the optimal temperature, ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 11 2007 - 10:38pm

"Super Crystals" In A Semiconductor

Most people understand how liquids freeze as solid crystals when temperatures become cold enough, like water droplets crystallizing into snowflakes or molten glass hardening into solid glass. Latter 20th-century physicists realized that at low enough tempe ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 15 2007 - 11:32pm

Antimicrobial Agents Protect Food Naturally

Chemists and food scientists at Rutgers employed natural antimicrobial agents derived from sources such as cloves, oregano, thyme and paprika to create novel biodegradable polymers or plastics to potentially block the formation of bacterial biofilms on foo ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 21 2007 - 11:07pm

Solved: The 300 Year Old Mystery Of Mercury Fulminate

300 years after its discovery, the crystal structure of mercury fulminate has been determined. Though well known by alchemists for its explosive capability and later used as a detonator for dynamite, mercury fulminate's crystal structure has been unkn ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 24 2007 - 11:31am