Antimicrobial action of bleach

In my AS level chemistry class, students study the disproportionation reaction of chlorine with alkali. In this reaction chlorine gets oxidized and reduced. While studying this topic one of the students asked how chlorine actually kills microbes. This news article published by the British journal Nature in 2008 responds to his question: …Now, researchers have found that bleach can kill bacteria by attacking proteins, quickly destroying … Continue reading Antimicrobial action of bleach

Table salt under pressure

Everything around you is made of elements that scientists have studied in quite some detail over the last 200 years. But all that understanding breaks down when these elements are subjected to high pressure and temperature. Now, using an advanced theoretical understanding and extreme conditions, researchers have converted table salt into exotic chemicals. Salt is made from one part sodium (Na) and one part chlorine … Continue reading Table salt under pressure