The Origins of Krypton

Lucy Bell-Young

30th May 2018

Chemicals, Chemistry

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A comic illustration of kryptonite

Krypton isn’t just Superman’s home planet, it’s also one of the rarest gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Today marks the 119th birthday of krypton’s discovery by Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers, so we thought we’d take a closer look at this elusive element. What is Krypton (Kr)? Before its destruction, Krypton was a planet that… Continue reading »

How Do Bees Make Honey?

Lucy Bell-Young

2nd May 2018

Chemistry, Science

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Jars of honey

Known as nature’s sweetener, honey is adored worldwide for its golden tint and viscous consistency. Making honey actually involves a lot of chemistry; and far from being a man-made substance, it’s the bees that are the real chemists. Now that spring has sprung, you may have noticed that our beloved bees are making their first… Continue reading »

This Day in Chemistry: Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran

Lucy Bell-Young

18th April 2018

Chemistry

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Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran

On 18th April, 1838, in Cognac, France, Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran was born. Most commonly known for his work in spectroscopy, de Boisbaudran was a French chemist who discovered the elements samarium, dysprosium, europium and gallium. De Boisbaudran shows that you don’t always have to attend formal schooling to become an industry-leading academic. This key… Continue reading »

What Happens When You Put Copper Wire in Silver Nitrate?

Lucy Bell-Young

4th April 2018

Chemistry, Science

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Crystal-like precipitates form on a copper wire that's in silver nitrate

One of the most fascinating chemical experiments is the reaction between silver nitrate and copper wire in water. Characterised by fractal-like precipitates, this experiment is a stunning example of a simple redox reaction. When you place a copper wire into a solution of silver nitrate and water, crystals begin to appear. These grow on the… Continue reading »

The Chemistry of Fire: Infographic

Lucy Bell-Young

14th March 2018

Chemistry, Science

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The Chemistry of Fire: Infographic

Following on from our previous post ‘The Chemistry of Fire’ we have created this infographic to simplify our points. Take a look at the infographic and feel free to share with your colleagues, friends or family. Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to www.reagent.co.uk with this graphic.