Unprecedented simultaneous quantum tunnelling reaction discovered


Isomers of the same molecule undergo different tunnelling rearrangement at the same time – a process that ‘is completely breaking the classic transition state rules’

European Commission

European parliament restores research funding


Extra funding found for Horizon Europe and Erasmus student programme

Noodle bowl with Upside chicken

Lab-grown chicken nears the dinner table in the US


Upside Foods’ chicken filet product is the first cell-grown meat product to be declared safe for consumption by the FDA

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Additional support for UK R&D amid Horizon Europe impasse


Government commits almost £500 million to ease pressure on research sector

Elephant and mouse

SI units get new prefixes for huge and tiny numbers


Ronna, quetta, ronto and quecto are the first new prefixes for the metric system in 30 years

Jeremy Hunt

UK government upholds £20 billion commitment to research and development


But a longer-term pledge of £22 billion has quietly disappeared in Jeremy Hunt’s first autumn statement as chancellor

A photo of hundreds of plastic bottles, squeezed together to form space-saving cubes

Call for UK government to ban plastic waste exports


Parliamentary committee emphasises reducing and reusing plastics to eliminate waste

Kenya vaccines

World Health Organization takes aim at market as many still not getting vaccines they need


Government, industry and health organisations must do more

Magnet motor

Powerful rare-earth free magnet ‘evolved’ and refined by machine learning algorithm


Combination of iron, cobalt and boron points to alternatives to metals beset by geopolitical battles

n-butyl lithium

Mystery surrounding metalation reaction’s reagent excess solved


Multiple ‘base-eating’ aggregates discovered in classic directed ortho lithiation


Quantum chemical analysis uncovers previously overlooked contributor to carbocation stability trend


Introducing substituents destabilises the parent substrates


Helicene columns could confer chiral properties on optoelectronic devices


Organic and inorganic templates control the crystallisation of helicenes in bulk, providing a simple and effective way to integrate chirality into optics and electronics


Gigantic database of building blocks will help artificial intelligence uncover new organocatalysts


Publicly available dataset containing thousands of structures could help chemists develop data-driven reaction optimisation methods for organic synthesis

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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  • The Sustainable Laboratories report

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Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Betty Wright Harris’s explosive career

  • 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


Unravelling the secrets of Ancient Egyptian chemistry

Unwrapping ancient Egyptian chemistry


From mummification to metallurgy, Rachel Brazil looks at the impressive chemistry used by this ancient civilisation

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Celebrating Louis Pasteur’s bicentenary


Mike Sutton reflects on the dramatic discoveries of Louis Pasteur, born 200 years ago

Half eaten cake

The brain chemicals that control what we enjoy


Researchers are trying to understand how orexins influence our appetites, and whether we can use them to treat addiction and obesity, explains Andy Extance

Molecular electronics diagram

When will molecular electronics make the connection?


Computer chips based on single molecules may remain a work in progress, finds James Mitchell Crow but the technologies developed along the way are being used by chemists to explore their reactions

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