All Chemistry in its Element: Compounds articles – Page 8

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  • Wooden floorboards
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    Lignin

    2017-07-27T17:06:00Z

    Wood has been vital in the development of human civilisation. Brian Clegg looks at the compound at its heart

  • Soldiers wearing WW1 gas masks. L-R: American, British. French, German. 1917-18.
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    Diphenylchlorarsine

    2017-07-21T17:14:00Z

    One of the few technical mistakes the Germans made in the first world war

  • Gold crown with gemstones
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    Aqua regia

    2017-07-13T16:23:00Z

    Capable of dissolving gold and platinum to help make 99.999% pure metals, aqua regia deserves its royal status

  • A rustic cheeseboard
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    Chymosin

    2017-07-06T16:18:00Z

    The enzyme that helps us turn milk into cheese is also responsible for the biggest commercial success story of any genetically modified organism

  • Young black and white cat with bottles of milk
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    Casein

    2017-06-28T13:27:00Z

    One of the most popular plastics of the early 20th century was accidentally invented by a cat, as Kat Arney finds out.

  • Blue domestic LED light bulbs
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    Gallium nitride

    2017-06-22T13:57:00Z

    Despite early setbacks, this conducting crystal shows great promise across a wide range of electronics

  • An image of a powder with a faint blue glow
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    Caesium chloride

    2017-06-14T16:37:00Z

    A compound found in mineral water that is also used in medical treatments and solar cells

  • Fabrication of hierarchical biomimetic polymeric nanostructured surfaces - nanosphere monolayer film on the surface of a liquid covering
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    Rotaxanes

    2017-06-07T14:47:00Z

    A group of compounds that resemble machine parts could pave the way for molecular robots

  • The scab on a grazed knee, healing nicely
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    Fibrin and fibrinogen

    2017-05-31T12:05:00Z

    From scabby knees to life-threatening strokes, this important protein is the fundamental link in the complex molecular chain that forms blood clots

  • An image of two men clinking whiskey glasses
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    Propylene glycol

    2017-05-24T10:59:00Z

    How a batch of cinnamon whiskey led to total recall

  • View from the top of paint, tools and plastic scale model
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    Butanone

    2017-05-17T16:01:00Z

    Butanone or methyl ethyl ketone is better known to many as the polystyrene cement that keeps scale models secure

  • A hand pulls back the curtain to reveal the bright lights of an empty stage
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    Propranolol hydrochloride

    2017-05-14T08:00:00Z

    Stave off stage fright with a simple compound that revolutionised drug development

  • Trees in autumn
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    Anthocyanins

    2017-05-07T07:00:00Z

    The pigments responsible for the rich colours of autumn leaves

  • Example of MOF-5
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    MOFs: Metal–organic frameworks

    2017-04-27T12:25:00Z

    Katrina Krämer examines these extremely versatile materials and speaks to MOF pioneer Omar Yaghi

  • Orange and black striped caterpillars of the Cinnabar Moth, on wild yellow ragwort flowers
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    Ragwort alkaloids

    2017-04-19T15:35:00Z

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids from Ragworts and other plants are popular with pollinators but a potent poison to livestock, as Mike Freemantle discovers

  • Will o' the wisp over the fens
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    Phosphine

    2017-04-12T08:00:00Z

    Will o’ the wisp, ignis fatuus, hitodama or the min-min light, ghostly balls of fire are common in folklore around the world. Kit Chapman explores the compound that may be the chemical cause of these mysterious lights

  • Vintage Japanese black lacquer tea caddy with auspicious gold makie bamboo forest design, used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony
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    Urushiol

    2017-04-05T15:40:00Z

    The compounds that link poison ivy with beautiful lacquerwork 

  • Packet of mercurous chloride tablets, Kassel, Germany, 1914-1917
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    Mercuric chloride

    2017-03-29T03:03:00Z

    Michael Freemantle traces the history of a highly toxic medicine: Mercuric chloride

  • A cat, playing on a purpose built cat tower
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    Nepetalactone

    2017-03-22T17:14:00Z

    The catnip compound that felines go crazy for could have exciting uses for humans, too, as Kat Arney finds out

  • Illustration of human sperm
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    Spermine and spermidine

    2017-03-15T14:43:00Z

    Kiki Sanford explores how polyamines found in semen could be related to a long and healthy life