JET interior with superimposed plasma

A material future for fusion?


Nuclear fusion has been a dream for decades. Kit Chapman finds out about the latest developments that could help it fulfil its promise

Robert Curl

Chemistry Nobel laureate Robert Curl dies at 88


Curl’s passing means that all three scientists who won the 1996 chemistry Nobel prize for discovering fullerenes are gone


Record-breaking rotaxane prepared on polymer bead


Polystyrene beads decorated with 1014 rotaxane molecules

Mortar and pestle

Botanists, chemists and historians come together to recreate ancient alchemy of making mercury


Fourth century BC alchemical methods for obtaining metallic mercury from the mineral cinnabar revisited

Novartis headquarters

Novartis cutting up to 8000 jobs


Restructure splits commercial activities geographically instead of by treatment area

Superfund cleanup site

US reinstates Superfund taxes to clean up 1300 contaminated sites


Levy on 42 chemicals and their derivatives aims to revive neglected cleanup programme

Spraying pesticide

European commission proposal seeks to cut EU pesticide use in half by 2030


Ambitious targets will rely on roll-out of integrated pest management techniques and extra payments to farmers

Jordan explosion

At least 13 dead in massive chlorine release in Jordan


Tanker of gas fell during loading at the port of Aqaba, injuring hundreds


Perfectly planar stable silicon clusters with six contacts predicted


Hexacoordinated systems theorised to remain stable, even with protecting ligands


Highly stable aerogel could protect firefighters and spacecraft from extreme heat


Amorphous structure studded with nanocrystals survives stress and strain that would break an ordinary aerogel

Still image showing a single-layer carbon allotrope

Graphene-like structure created from a fullerene


2D material synthesised from nanocluster fullerene for the first time


Water works as a monomer in polymer synthesis


Water monomers form direct linkages in polymer backbones when used to synthesise polyethersulfones

Sound waves

Acoustic analysis is music to mechanochemical ears


A new technique uses soundwaves to monitor ball-milling reactions

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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  • How polluting is plastic?

  • Is chemical recycling of plastics the future?

  • Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Masataka Ogawa and the search for nipponium

  • Elizabeth Fulhame, the 18th century chemistry pioneer who faded from history

  • William Knox, the only Black supervisor in the Manhattan Project

  • Margaret Melhase Fuchs and the radioactive isotope

  • PC Ray: A genius chemist who dreamed of a modern India

  • Jim West’s marvellous microphone

  • Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier the invisible assistant

  • June Lindsey, another forgotten woman in the story of DNA

  • James LuValle, a chemist who broke the colour barrier

  • The lifesaving work of Evelyn Hickmans


A seamstress fitting a pill-printed dress onto a woman using a DNA tape

Using genetics to personalise prescriptions


We’ve known for a long time that different people respond to certain drugs to very different extents, but now cheap DNA testing could make these disparities a thing of the past, as Ian Le Guillou reports

Petrol pumps with labels indicating synthetic fuels

Is synthetic petroleum the missing link in the route to net zero?


Weaning our economy off liquid fuels could be impossible, so can we make them without the carbon emissions? Rachel Brazil surveys the scene

Bioorthogonal chemistry

The bioorthogonal revolution


A set of reactions operating silently inside live cells or whole animals are lighting up chemical biology and inspiring new medicines, James Mitchell Crow finds

Self-forming shoe

3D printing adds another dimension


Nina Notman learns how 4D printing is opening the door to unique smart materials whose applications may only be limited by our imaginations

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