It’s not just rocket science — hidden chemistry powers moon launches and sustains life in space

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Curtis Ho (opens in new tab)Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Tasmania Many around the world will watch eagerly this Saturday as NASA launches Artemis 1 (opens in new tab)the agency’s first moon … Read more

Rethinking indoor air chemistry

Computer modeling of the OH reactivity (left) and OH concentration (right) around human bodies in a typical indoor situation while people sitting around a table. Credit: UC Irvine People typically spend 90% of their lives inside, at home, at work, or in transport. Within these enclosed spaces, occupants are exposed to a multitude of chemicals … Read more

Chemistry lab students predict spread of COVID-19 with kinetics models

In this graph, students in the spring kinetics lab predicted daily cases in the state of Ohio through fall 2022. Credit: Ohio University Chemist Jixin Chen looked at the rapid spread of COVID-19 early in the pandemic and saw a novel opportunity for his kinetics lab, where they study the rates of reactions. The first … Read more

Research finds mechanically driven chemistry accelerates reactions in explosives

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Energetic Materials Center and Purdue University Materials Engineering Department have used simulations performed on the LLNL supercomputer Quartz to uncover a general mechanism that accelerates chemistry in detonating explosives critical to managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Their research is featured in the July … Read more

With roommates, it’s all about chemistry, molecularly speaking

Paenibacillus bacteria shown colonized in a Petri dish. In the test home, the bacterial species were associated with coffee molecules and found where coffee was prepared. The bacteria may have healthy properties. Credit: Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob, Wikimedia Within and upon every human being reside countless microorganisms—the microbiota that help shape and direct the lives of … Read more

What makes smoky, charred barbecue taste so good? The chemistry of cooking over an open flame

The mere thought of barbecue’s smoky scents and intoxicating flavors is enough to get most mouths watering. Summer is here, and that means it is barbecue season for many people in the US I am a chemist who studies compounds found in nature, and I am also a lover of food—including barbecue. Cooking on a … Read more