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  • Chemists create new types of Lewis acids

    Researchers at the University of Münster have developed a method which makes it possible to create three-coordinate Lewis superacids on the basis of phosphorus. Previously, it had not been possible to isolate this type of compound, either in a liquid or in a solid state, due to its extreme electroph more

  • First synthesis of a cationic tetrahedral cluster in solution

    Main-group atoms often occur in small clusters, which can be neutral, negative or positive charged. The best known neutral cluster-tetrahedron is white phosphorus (P4), but other tetrahedra can also be isolated. They are four-atom molecules whose spatial arrangement corresponds to a tetrahedron of e more

  • Efficient catalyst for water splitting

    Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an efficient water splitting catalyst as part of a collaborative international research effort. The catalyst comprises a double-helix semiconductor structure encased in carbon nitride. It is perfect for producing hydrogen economical more

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Phosphorus

Phosphorus is element 15 on the periodic table. more

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The Chemistry of Matches

Matches, as it turns out, have been around for a long time. Sulfur-based matches are mentioned as far back as the 1200s in texts of the time, and in the 1600s a process involving drawing sulfur matches through dried phosphorus-soaked paper was devised. However, the friction matches we’re used to hav more

Group 5 Elements

The latest of the element infographics looks at the Group 5 elements. There is, once again, an interesting fact that I couldn’t quite fit in, or left out at the expense of others: Bismuth-209 was long thought to have heaviest stable nucleus of any element, until 2003 when it was determined by French more

The Chemical Elements of a Smartphone

There are an isolated few graphics online that look at elements involved in the manufacture of a smartphone – for example, this ‘Periodic Table of iPhones’ – but there’s actually remarkably little easily accessible information out there that details the specific compounds used for specific purposes more

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Phosphorus

Phosphorus Phosphorus, (, meaning "light", and phoros meaning "bearer"), is the chemical element that has the symbol P and atomic number 15. A multivalent nonmetal of the nitrogen group , phosphorus is commonly found in inorganic phosphate ... more

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