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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 brewing? You …

Andy’s weekly cafe

As we come to a close of our final week, do you have any questions on what is happening in the world of chemistry, including in the area of sports? …

Andy’s weekly cafe

As we come to a close on this week, I’d very much like to invite you to ask me some questions on what is happening in the world of chemistry, …

Andy’s weekly cafe

As we come to the end of this week, do you have any questions on what is happening in the world of chemistry, including in the area of antibiotics? You …

Banned drugs in sport

Using drugs to cheat in sport is not new, but it is becoming more effective. Despite the health risks, and despite the regulating bodies’ attempts to eliminate drugs from sport, …

Making a natural plastic

We are going to make a natural plastic using proteins. Casein is a mixture of proteins found in cow’s milk which can be extracted through the following method and then …

Understanding the role of polymers in nutrition

The global sports nutrition industry is estimated to grow to a net worth of around $81.5 billion by 2023. Aggressive marketing, changing consumer preferences and the increase in social media …

Advertising polymers

Almost every day you will see a commercial or product placement of some sort. Many companies invest heavily in their marketing and advertising departments in order to promote their products …

Understanding medicines in sport

To protect cuts and abrasions, traditionally, flexible cloth bandages are used. These are typically made from cotton. After scouring and bleaching, cotton is 99% cellulose. Cellulose is a polymer made …

Modelling polymers

Chemists often build molecular models using plastic rods and balls to represent different atoms and their bonding. It can often be easier to visualise the symmetry, shape and potential bonding …

Tools of the trade: making polymers

There are a wide variety of polymers available in the world and an even greater number of monomers, which make up these polymeric chains. Understanding how monomers react to form …