Asian elemental discovery – 113

Element 113, ununtrium (Uut) was discovered by Kosuke Morita and colleagues at RIKEN and is the first chemical element discovered¬†in Asia. A Joint Working Party of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has recommended that the group, from the RIKEN Nishina Center for […]

Chemical sabbatical

As you may well have noticed Chemspy is on a bit of a go-slow right now while the team pursue other projects and activities. Personally, I’m focusing a little more on my music and photography (links among the social icons above) although keeping the wolf from the door with my regular science journalism and other […]

A new gold standard for nano

Characterising gold nanoparticles at atomic resolution might improve our understanding of the catalytic activity of these materials, according to an international team. These researchers (Kornberg et al) have now demonstrated that it is possible to use electron microscopy to obtain data on at least one gold cluster of greater than 1 nm diameter and to […]