This Day in Chemistry: Sir Edward Frankland 

Lucy Bell-Young

18th January 2018

Science

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Born in Lancashire, England, Sir Edward Frankland is one of the most important British chemists in history. The father of organometallic chemistry, with a multitude of equally ground-breaking achievements under his belt, Frankland has helped to shape the world of chemistry we know today. So why isn’t he more well-known? On 18th January 1825, Edward… Continue reading »

The Chemistry of Chocolate

Lucy Bell-Young

13th December 2017

Chemicals, Science

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Chemistry of Chocolate

With Christmas right around the corner, it seems an appropriate time to look into the world’s favourite treat: chocolate. Advent calendars and selection boxes are being arranged in tempting displays in every shop, and now more than ever the population are eyeing up the discounted Lindor boxes glowing ruby red beneath a string of fluorescent lights.… Continue reading »

ReAgent Sells Copper Sulphate, How Is It Made?

Dan Wiggins

4th August 2016

Chemicals, Manufacturing, Science

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How is copper sulphate made? The two main ingredients to create copper sulphate are copper and sulphuric acid, but simply adding copper to a diluted acidic solution will not promote the oxidation reaction. This is because the standard reduction potential of copper (+0.52) is higher that hydrogen (0.00), which means copper has a lower tendency… Continue reading »

Dopamine is Alive; With the Sound of Music

Dan Wiggins

28th August 2015

Science

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ATTENTION! Before you continue reading this blog post, click play on the video above. Keep the volume fairly quiet, and then continue to read the rest of this blog post. This will be explained further down.  Why Do we Like Music? We all like listening to music, even if some of us only listen to music occasionally.… Continue reading »