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Busting COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Covid 19 vaccines are the most awaited products of 2021 but unfortunately, there is a lot of fake information circulating on social media regarding the efficacy of covid 19 vaccines. So, here I tried to debunk some myths with facts and scientific evidence. # Myth 1: I have already recovered from covid 19, I don't need a vaccine. Fact: People who have recovered from covid 19 need to be vaccinated considering the possibility of getting covid 19 infection again. Some studies suggest that antibodies generated after covid 19 infection do not last very long and the chances of getting re-infected with covid 19 increase. Thus, it is advisable to get vaccinated as it offers better protection from coronavirus than natural immunity. # Myth 2: Covid 19 vaccine was rolled out so early, so its effectiveness and safety cannot be trusted. Fact: Studies show that covid 19 vaccines are 95% effective and safe for use. Covid 19 vaccines are rolled out early in the market due to the early development p

Ceramics: Properties, Application and Classification of Ceramics

What is Ceramic? A ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic solid mainly based on oxide, nitride, boride, or carbide that are shaped and then fixed at high temperatures. Ceramic is hard, brittle, heat-resistant, and corrosion-resistant. Ceramic is used almost everywhere like in kitchens, cookware, pottery, bricks, pipes, etc.  Many ceramics contain a mixture of ionic and covalent bonds between them. That's why they exist in crystalline, semi-crystalline, and vitreous form. Properties of Ceramics 1. Ceramics have high hardness. 2. They are brittle and have poor toughness. 3. They have a high melting point. 4. They have poor electrical and thermal conductivity. 5. They have low ductility. 6. They have a high modulus of elasticity. 7. They have high compression strength. 8. They show optical transparency to a variety of wavelengths. Application of Ceramics 1. Silicon carbide and tungsten carbide are technical ceramics that are used in body armor, wear plates for mining, and machine

Manufacture of Glass: Step by Step Process

The Fours Steps for Manufacturing of Glass 1. Collection of raw materials The raw materials such as silica (in the form of sand or quartz SiO2), soda ash (Na3CO3), limestone (CaCO3), and cullet (broken glass) are collected separately and mixed in a proper proportion. The fusion of cullet (broken glass) is added to bring down the melting point of the charge. 2. Preparation of Batch The raw materials, cullet, and decolourisers are finely powdered in grinding machines. These materials are accurately weighed in correct proportions before they are mixed. The mixing of these materials is carried out in mixing machines until a uniform mixture is obtained. Such a uniform mixture is known as batch or frit . It is taken for further process of melting in a furnace. 3. Melting or heating of the charge The glass batch is melted either in a pot furnace or in a tank furnace. It is made of fireclay or platinum. The heating is continued until the evolution of carbon dioxide, oxygen, sulfur diox

Green Solvents: Definition, Examples and Types of Green Solvents

What are Green Solvents? Green solvents, also known as environmentally friendly bio solvents which are derived from the processing of crops. There are many types of green solvents like ionic liquids, supercritical fluids, water, and supercritical water. These green solvents are way much eco-friendly, less toxic, less hazardous than traditional volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For example, Ethyl lactate Ethyl lactate is a green solvent derived from processing corn. Ethyl lactate is the ester of lactic acid which is used as solvents in the paints and coating industry. Types of Green Solvents 1. Supercritical Fluids A compound that exists above its critical pressure (Pc) and above its critical temperature (Tc) is known as supercritical fluid or SCF. Their chemical and physical properties are between those of a gas and a liquid. Phase diagram showing the supercritical fluid region Supercritical liquids are the perfect replacement for organic solvents for industrial and lab processes d

Microwave Assisted Reactions in Green Chemistry

Definition of microwave A microwave (MW) is a form of electromagnetic energy. It is defined as a measurement of the frequency of 300 to 3000000 MHz which comes from the lower end of the electromagnetic spectrum, corresponding to wavelengths of 1 cm to 1 m.  The main difference between microwave energy and other forms of radiation such as X-rays and Y-rays is that microwave energy is non-ionizing and thus does not change the molecular structure of the compounds, it only provides thermal activation. Mechanism of microwave heating Microwave heating works upon the interaction of molecules in a reaction mixture with electromagnetic waves generated by a "microwave dielectric effect" . The heating effect of microwaves can be understood by two different mechanisms: 1. Dielectric polarization (Dipole interaction) The heating effect generated in microwave-assisted organic transformations is mainly due to dielectric polarization . This mechanism states that when a molecule is irrad