March 2007

Vol 44, No 2. Selected articles and reviews available online to all. Full issue available online to subscribers.

March 2007



Looking East

Science and innovation in China, India and South Korea are growing fast

QCA consults on KS3 review

QCA invites teachers to submit their views on its revised programme of study for KS3 science by April 30.

RSC Bill Bryson prize

The theme for this year's Royal Society of Chemistry's Bill Bryson prize for science communication is the science of travel.

Cash for HE chemistry experience

Ten projects designed to improve students' initial experience of studying chemistry have received funding through the Chemistry for Our Future programme

RSC to support student ambassadors scheme

To encourage more chemistry under­graduates to consider teaching as a career, the RSC is putting money into the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme.

Summer school

The Royal Society of Chemistry will be running an INSET materials summer school in London in July.

Interact with online crystal structures

A new, free online resource could help teachers introduce and illustrate to students the structural chemistry of course favourites.

Discuss science and shape the future

A DTI-funded public engagement programme, Sciencehorizons, aims to broaden the debate on how developments in science and technology could be used in the future.

Salters' chemistry camps

The Universities of St Andrews, Birmingham, Manchester, Ulster, York and Leeds will be hosting a four-day Salters' Chemistry Camp.

In brief

Items: Various short items


Soundbite molecules - frog defence against AIDS?

Simon Cotton, teacher at Uppingham School, takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives. In this issue: frog defence against A...

bath railing

Chemistry trails

Peter Borrows takes us on another excursion into local chemistry. In this issue: Bath railings

Web watch

Tony Tooth, chemistry teacher at The King's School in Ely, takes a look at some websites that may be of interest to chemistry teachers. In this issue: a library of websites



Education in Chemistry Letters, March 2007

Exhibition Chemistry

dehydration of sugar

The dehydration of sucrose

Demonstrations designed to capture the student's imagination, by Colin Baker of Bedford School. In this issue: the dehydration of sucrose


Mary Kirchhoff

US chemical education going green

Kathryn Roberts meets Mary Kirchhoff, the new director of education at the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington DC

Microscale apparatus

Microscale chemistry

The range of school experiments being done on the microscale is growing. Here are examples from Key Stage 3, through Key Stage 4, to A-level

sneezing kid

Flu drugs - pathway to discovery

If bird flu ever starts to transmit from human to human, with no effective vaccine available our only defence will be the antiviral drugs Relenza and Tamiflu


Mendeleev - the man and his legacy...

A look at the life and work of Russia's most famous chemist, who died 100 years ago

The Periodic Tables of Mendeleev

How Mendeleev corrected the atomic weights of In, Ce and U, and thus constructed the remarkable Periodic Table of 1871


Practical environmental analysis (2nd edn)

M. Radojevic and V. Bashkin 

Chemistry for the biosciences - the essential concepts

Jonathan Crowe, Tony Bradshaw and Paul Monk (eds) 


Plug and play bone repair

New method for printing artificial bone using ink made from living bone could aid reconstructive surgery

Molecular light switch

Scientists have developed the molecular equivalent of a solar panel, which can act as a light signal processor.

Bird flu's long tail could signal its end

US scientists map the long protein tail of the influenza A virus

Plastic shape shifter for smart stents

German and American researchers have developed temperature-controlled 'triple-shaped plastics'


radioactive container

Dealing with nuclear waste

Nuclear power is a low-carbon technology, but it does come with a catch: it produces waste that emits harmful radiation for many thousands, even millions of years. UK chemists, how...

On screen chemistry

Jonathan Hare asks... Acid lakes: do they exist and would they dissolve a boat?

Morven McAlpine

A day in the life of...

Development chemist: Morven McAlpine


iGCSE science - not for everyone

John Walker has the last word