Answers to Chemistry Questions

Answers to questions about chemistry, matter, gases, fuels, green chemistry, nanotechnology...

05 February 2019

We wax lyrical about smoky candles...

22 January 2019

Why don't plants leave a hole in the ground when they grow?

15 January 2019

When a bar of soap gets used a lot and gets smaller, it seems to struggle to form suds properly. Is something other...

04 December 2018

Is it safe to heat my dinner in a plastic container?

25 September 2018

And why is it STILL on my walls?

11 September 2018

They're not necessarily hot...

11 September 2018

Is it JUST H2O?

11 September 2018

Chemist Pether Wothers takes a sniff at this question from a listener

27 March 2018

Do we need to start panicking, or what?

27 March 2018

And if so, how much light do we need?

05 December 2017

How can chemicals create fire?

05 December 2017

SPOILER: There may be "whale vomit" in your perfume.

26 September 2017

Alexandra Ashcroft recruits Vayu Maini Rekdal to cook up an answer to Zettie's question

05 September 2017

Mathematician James Grime quizzed the rest of The Naked Scientists Q&A show panel...

05 September 2017

It's all about the ions...

04 April 2017

How much of an effect do the different types of pollution face masks have?

07 March 2017

Is the frozen water on the Moon, Mars or anywhere else in space drinkable?

10 January 2017

Normally, when stuff collides, things fly apart from each other. So how did planets form in the first place?

10 January 2017

Seats are weighty, but would it make much of a saving?

06 December 2016

Water contains hydrogen and oxygen, both of which are important in combustion, so why is it used to put out fires?