Roses are red, sunflowers are yellow

Following on from indium and thallium back in the p-block, some more colourful chemistry today with rhodium and chromium. I’m rather enjoying finding ways of getting some colour into a black and white design! William Hyde Wollaston was an English chemist who made his fortune by purifying and selling platinum. It was while extracting theContinue reading “Roses are red, sunflowers are yellow”

Patterns in crystals

The patterns I have chosen for boron and aluminium allow me to introduce you to one of my favourite books. From Atoms to Patterns by Lesley Jackson concerns the Festival Pattern Group, a project instigated by Cambridge crystallographer Dr Helen Megaw for the Festival of Britain in 1951. She brought together British crystallographers and industrialContinue reading “Patterns in crystals”