The beginnings of paper production—from rags to wood
How balloons are made and why rubber products can contain harmful nitrosamines
How latex is collected, transported, and converted to natural rubber
The discovery of vulcanization—a happy accident or the result of hard work?
Yellow? Green? White? 🤔🌞
The balloon is certainly not the most important product based on rubber, but it may be the prettiest
Let's take a closer look at the chemistry behind fixing our smiles
How do chemists today determine the structure of a complex natural substance?
Let us accompany Leopold Ružička on his arduous journey from the molecular formula C30H46O4 to the structural formula
The root of the licorice plant is one of the oldest known remedies – we will take a deeper look at the chemistry of this healthy treat
How can animal toxins be used in the future as biopesticides to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases? What is the new research field of "venomics" all about?
Venomous animals and their poisons
A vital use of chlorates as a source of oxygen—for example, in airplanes
Historic chlorate explosions and modern accidents
A tale of exploding trousers, herbicides, fireworks, and airplane oxygen masks