Many of us have first-hand experience with how hard it can be to get ice off things when you can’t melt it. Researchers have used the electrostatic charge in ice to make it jump, creating a new avenue for de-icing in the future.
Catalysts can make reactions more efficient and less wasteful, but some metals catalysts are toxic and can cause environmental damage. Researchers have found an alternative catalyst made from the flowers of St John’s Wort and are using it to make chemistry more eco-friendly.
Zweli Hlatshwayo shares his experiences as a Black international student at Ohio State University, and his struggles with impostor syndrome after he started his PhD.
When batteries run out of charge, you need to plug them into electricity to recharge them. New research has created a battery that can recharge itself without needing electricity.
The impacts of systemic racism extend far beyond police brutality. It’s time we face up to systemic racism within chemistry, and take action to reform it for the better
Living tissues are mostly soft, but put them under a bit of stress, and they quickly become firm to prevent tissues from breaking. This property has been very difficult to imitate with synthetic tissues, but new research has finally bridged that gap.
Single-use plastics continue to pile up in the oceans, where they can last thousands of years and have huge impacts on marine ecosystems. Now, researchers from Italy have developed a plastic made from wood that breaks down in seawater.
Water capture technology has made collecting water from the air a reality, but dry climates have always posed a challenge. New research takes us a step closer to providing fresh water in some of the driest places on Earth.