Real World Chemistry

Fran Scott discovers how huge-scale chemical processes go into producing the world's most used materials. A BBC production.

Episodes

Real World Chemistry How is glass made?

Fran Scott learns how glass is made in a factory. The raw materials are described, together with the use of soda ash to lower the melting point, making it easier to form into useful shapes. The production process is described, including the use of gas burners to maintain the high temperature. Automated equipment is used on a continuous production line ...
  • 2016
  • 00:05:45
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Real World Chemistry How is paint made?

The uses of paint are described. The constituents of an oil paint are described and the function of each ingredient is explained. The differences between an oil paint and an emulsion paint are then explained. The raw materials are briefly described. The process for making a variety of paints is fully automated. Agitation at very high speed is needed in ...
  • 2016
  • 00:05:47
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Real World Chemistry How is plastic made?

Fran Scott visits a company that makes PVC to find out how you turn raw materials into plastic goods. She explains how crude oil is processed using fractional distillation, and uses a model to explain the molecular structure of alkanes, alkenes and polymers. At the plant, she finds out about all the additives that give different types of PVC their ...
  • 2016
  • 00:05:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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