How chemistry can help you celebrate this Onam safely


Onam, a symbol of Harmoniousness & Peace has finally punched the clock to bid a farewell to monsoon. A most awaited festival for Keralites, which is celebrated every year approximately for 10 days brings huge amount of joys, amusement & ecstasy. For this virtuous & blissful festival, Worldofchemicals.com greets millions of wishes to all the people of India & more specially to the people of Kerala, “May the colors and lights of Onam strengthen your home with felicity and joyfulness, wish you all a Happy Onam this year”. Read more

 

Liquid electrolytes are essential components in a variety of emerging energy technologies, including batteries, supercapacitors and solar-to-fuel devices. “To predict and optimize the performance of these devices, a detailed understanding of the electrolytes, particularly their electronic properties such as the ionization potential and electron affinity, is critical,” said Anh Pham, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Lawrence fellow in the Quantum Simulations Group, and the lead author of a paper in an edition of Science Advances. Read more

 

 

Northern China’s roadsides are peppered with deciduous Phoenix trees, producing an abundance of fallen leaves in autumn. These leaves are generally burned in the colder season, exacerbating the country’s air pollution problem. Investigators in Shandong, China, recently discovered a new method to convert this organic waste matter into a porous carbon material that can be used to produce high-tech electronics. The advance is reported in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, by American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishing. Read more

 

The European Union (EU) has set new rules to protect workers from carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace. Employers will have to assess the risk of exposure for workers and take preventive measures. This should tackle the primary cause of work-related deaths in the EU, i.e. cancer. The aim is to help save up to 100 000 lives over the next 50 years. It includes a lower occupational exposure limit (OEL), – a maximum quantity of harmful substances that workers can be exposed to, for: chromium VI, used in textile dyes, paints and leather tanning materials and generated during the casting, welding or cutting of stainless steel. Read more 

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