Andy's weekly cafe

As we come to a close on this week, do you have any questions on what is happening in the world of chemistry, including in the area of antibiotics - you may have seen some science news in the media whilst the course has been running, and this is our chance to make sure we can all stay abreast of what’s topical and how it might affect us all going forward.

For example, could antibiotics from ants, called formicamycins, offer a solution to antibiotic resistance? Or perhaps secretions from maggots or star-shaped polymers? In the search for new antibiotics it is interesting to read that rigid and flat organic compounds, containing amine groups, are well suited to penetrating the outer membranes of gram-negative bacteria.

Please pose any questions you have in the Comments below or using our hashtag #FLChemistry by noon of Thursday this week. We will then post our short video, which brings together some of the most interesting topics, on the following day (on Friday this week).

Don’t miss out on the chance to share what’s on your mind!

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Exploring Everyday Chemistry

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