Chemistry Blogs

Compound Interest

Compound Interest is a blog by Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK, looking at the chemistry and chemical reactions we come across on a day-to-day basis. His infographics have been featured by The Guardian, Huffington Post, Forbes, Buzzfeed, IFLS, io9, NPR, Smithsonian, Vox, The Mail Online, Business Insider, and more.


Science Daily - Chemistry

Featured research from Universities, Journals and other organizations, updated daily. Part of a larger blog site containing featured research on other areas of science and technology.


Master Organic Chemistry

James Ashenhurst writes friendly (and sometimes irreverent) student-centered articles which help students succeed in organic chemistry. He addresses problems people have in learning organic that nobody ever talks about. His goal is to be the world’s best online resource for learning organic chemistry.


The Sceptical Chymist

Nature Chemistry Blog.

Nature Chemistry (from continues to invite bloggers "out there in the wild" to compose their monthly Blogroll column. The site includes links to more top chemistry blogs.


Chemistry in Pictures

C&EN's Chemistry in Pictures.

This blog showcases the beauty of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences in pictures submitted by its readers.


Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers

The Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers blog, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.

News, views and lists of most frequently accessed recent research papers in inorganic chemistry.


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Periodic Videos

A collection of video lessons about every element in the periodic table. Click on the element symbol to view each video.

Created by the Periodic Videos team using the TED-Ed platform.

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Liquid Nitrogen

Roy Lowry of Plymouth University, UK, demonstrates what happens when less than half a liter of liquid nitrogen turns into gas, with the help of his students, a little heat and 1500 Ping Pong Balls. Don't try this at home!

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Elephant's Toothpaste

Science Bob (Bob Pflugfelder) demonstrates "Elephant's Toothpaste" Geysers on Jimmy Kimmel Live (decomposition of hydrogen peroxide). His experiments have been featured in People, Popular Science, Disney's Family Fun, and WIRED magazines.

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"Lucifer's Squid" Demonstration

Decomposition of ammonium dichromate results in the jet black volcano, and combustion of mercury (II) thiocyanate causes enormous tentacles to appear from within the mound.

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Blaze of Steel

Andrew Syzdlo, chemist and school teacher, explores the chemistry of iron and steel.
Featuring cool science experiments, explosions and pyrotechnics, this inspiring teacher challenges our perception of these metals' permanence.

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"Purple Haze"

Classroom demonstration of the reaction between Iodine and Aluminum. This video is part of the Flinn Scientific Best Practices for Teaching Chemistry Video Series, a collection of over 125 hours of free professional development training for chemistry teachers -

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General Interest Articles

April 30, 2015 - How some beetles produce a scalding defensive spray

Bombardier beetles, which exist on every continent except Antarctica, have a pretty easy life. Virtually no other animals prey on them, because of one particularly effective defense mechanism: When disturbed or attacked, the beetles produce an internal chemical explosion in their abdomen and then expel a jet of boiling, irritating liquid toward their attackers. {more)

28 April 2015 - Tracking exploding Lithium-ion batteries in real-time

What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging. Understanding how Li-ion batteries fail and potentially cause a dangerous chain reaction of events is important for improving their design to make them safer to use and transport, say the scientists behind the study. {more)

April 16 2015 - Chemistry set pencils can turn life-saving tests into child’s play

If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant diagnostic test. {more)

April 1, 2015 - Bone-white ancient shells reveal their dazzling colors under UV light

Ultraviolet light is used to reveal and characterize the original shell coloration patterns of 28 species of cone snails from three Neogene coral reef-associated deposits from the Dominican Republic. {more)

March 12, 2015 - Molecule-making machine simplifies complex chemistry

A new molecule-making machine could do for chemistry what 3-D printing did for engineering: Make it fast, flexible and accessible to anyone. Chemists built the machine to assemble complex small molecules at the click of a mouse, like a 3-D printer at the molecular level. The automated process has the potential to greatly speed up and enable new drug development and other technologies that rely on small molecules. {more)

March 2, 2015 - First ever photograph of light as a particle and a wave

Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior. {more)

February 02, 2015 - Oil/Water Separation Using a Switchable Mesh

Efficient separation of biphasic mixtures, especially oil/water mixtures, is critical to many applications, including wastewater treatment and chemical recovery. A copper mesh film has been developed that can switch between different states of wettability in response to pH. The mesh is functionalized with Cu(OH)2 nanorods and then coated with thiols. With appropriate pore sizes, the resulting films turn from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic when pH changes from 7 to 12. This allows water, but not oil, to go through. {more)