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A Field Guide to the Chemicals In Your Car Battery

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 24, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Car batteries use chemical reactions to produce electric currents. The typical car battery is far more complex than you might think, consisting of several different chemical compounds and electrical circuits. Which chemicals are responsible for converting their energy into the electrical charges that actually make a car run?

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

Remembering George A. Olah: His Top Contributions to Chemistry

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 17, 2017 9:57:00 AM

George Andrew Olah, a pioneer in the American chemistry industry, passed away on March 8, 2017, at the age of 89. Both a Nobel Prize winner and a recipient of the prestigious Priestly Medal, Olah and his many contributions to chemistry cannot be understated.

What do we owe to the Hungarian-American chemist? Here are a few of George A. Olah’s crowning achievements in science.

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Topics: Chemical History

3 Ways Polymers Are Making Cars Better

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 10, 2017 9:46:47 AM

Polymers – chemical chains made up of many repeating elements – are having a moment. Polymers are the darlings of automotive technology, and for good reason. These chemical chains, often made from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and even fluorine, are strong, resistant, and versatile.

How are scientists using polymers to make waves in the automotive space? Here are three ways polymers are making good cars better.

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Topics: Chemical Compounds, Automotive Chemistry

Understanding the Chemistry in Your Car

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 3, 2017 10:27:00 AM

The over one billion automobiles in existence owe much of their functionality to basic chemical reactions. In the U.S. alone there are over 250,000,000 cars in operation, a vast majority of which were built in the last 15 years.

The chemical processes behind moving vehicles are simpler than you think. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on under the hood.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

3 Unusual Uses for Zirconium Hydroxide

Posted by Diane Milner on Mar 27, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Zirconium hydroxide is an extremely versatile compound. Not only is Zr(OH)4 used in chemical research, it’s also a critical component in many commercial production processes, chemical refining, and even pollution control.

Here are three of the most unusual uses for zirconium hydroxide:

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Topics: Chemical Compounds, Chemicals Industry

What an Uncertain Future for the EPA Means for Chemical Safety

Posted by Diane Milner on Mar 20, 2017 9:57:00 AM

Questions are swirling around whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency is in danger. Will the EPA change drastically over the course of the next few years, or could the agency even cease to exist?

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Topics: Chemical Safety, Chemicals Industry

The Electrolytic Properties of Aluminum Fluoride

Posted by Diane Milner on Mar 14, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Aluminum fluoride is an inorganic compound that is colorless, solid, and is typically made synthetically. It is a primary component used in the production of aluminum and is abbreviated AlF3.

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Topics: Chemical Compounds

3 Unique Properties of Zirconium Hydroxide

Posted by Diane Milner on Feb 27, 2017 9:26:54 AM

Zirconium Hydroxide is a crystalline zirconium solution used in high pH environments. It’s water soluble and often sold as zirconium hydroxide, hydrate. Its linear formula is Zr(OH)4 and like other hydroxide compounds, it has a litany of properties and uses.

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Topics: Chemical Compounds

What a New Presidential Administration Might Mean for Chemical Research

Posted by Diane Milner on Feb 20, 2017 9:14:00 AM

By now you know that a new presidential administration is currently managing the U.S. government, and few things have the potential to impact the near future of chemical research as drastically as new governmental regulations and priorities.

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Topics: Chemicals Industry

3 Exciting Advancements in the Materials Science Sector

Posted by Diane Milner on Feb 13, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Innovation in the materials science sector is anything but slow. In fact, it’s arguably one of the most exciting areas of modern chemistry, responsible for much of the technological advancement and textile development we know today.

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Topics: Chemicals Industry, Materials Science