There’s a difference between waterproof, hydrophobic, and super-hydrophobic – and it’s all down to chemistry.
The amazing bakelite | Day 294
The first synthetic plastic set the stage for modern production of materials. Meet bakelite.
It’s just the thiosulfinates | Day 287
Thanks to thiosulfinates, the taste of red onion can really spruce up a salad, but the same chemicals are also responsible for the indelible aftertaste.
The other side of the chemophobia coin | Day 271b
Chemophobia is usually over the top, but there is another side to it – sometimes substances truly are harmful, if the circumstances are right.