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Journal articles made easy: A modern pigment


This article discusses the properties of a paint pigment, manganese blue, and defines a method to map the presence of the pigment in works of art. It will help you understand the research the journal article is based on, and how to read and understand journal articles. The research article was originally published in our Chemical Communications journal. 



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Journal articles made easy are journal articles from a range of Royal Society of Chemistry journals that have been re-written into a standard, accessible format. They contain links to the associated Chemistry World article, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and Learn Chemistry resources such as videos of techniques, and resources on theory and activities. They should facilitate students understanding of scientific journal articles and how to extract and interpret the information in them.