Blog posts

Why you should recycle your old smartphone 18 March 2019

Two geologists, Dr Arjan Dijkstra and Dr Colin Wilkins from the University of Plymouth’s Sustainable Earth Institute have analysed the mineral content of a typical smartphone. They ground the phone... more

Should chlorine be in group 31? 28 February 2019

The 150th anniversary of Mendeleev’s periodic table has catalysed many chemists to question all the different ways in which the elements can be arranged to maximise the usefulness of the table. A good... more

Some basic household chemistry 22 February 2019

Health and Safety requirements in all schools are important and teachers and students should always consider the short-term and long-term hazards associated with chemicals in the laboratory but what about... more

Today’s Google doodle 8 February 2019

The beans in the 'G' of Google’s doodle today give the clue.A few details about a relatively unknown chemist who is celebrated by Google today. 225 years ago on 8 February 1794 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge... more

An 1885 version of Mendeleev’s table 20 January 2019

You never know what might be lurking underneath your lecture theatre. A wallchart of the periodic table was found at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland that dates back to 1885, just 16 years after... more

Publishing your students’ research 8 January 2019

I attended an inspiring lecture recently given by Professor Anthony Campbell. Tony is an honorary professor at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at Cardiff University in the UK. He is... more

Making the site more student-friendly 26 November 2018

Many subscribing teachers have now signed their students up to student access. The pages in ‘Teaching each topic and sub-topic” under "Core and HL" are probably the most popular as they cover all... more

Make up a question about the Periodic Table 1 November 2018

To mark the150th. anniversary of the Periodic Table (first proposed by Mendeleev in 1869), IUPAC will be hosting an online quiz during 2019 for a global audience of young people. This quiz, which will... more

Applying IB chemistry to a diet pill 24 September 2018

One of the reasons why life expectancy is starting to fall in certain parts of the world is the increase in obesity.The number of overweight and obese people worldwide has increased from 857 million in... more

Is my own hand rub still safe to use? 9 August 2018

One of the topics covered in Option D: Medicinal chemistry is antibiotic resistance. This occurs when micro-organisms become resistant to antibacterials. There is considerable concern in many parts of... more