Closeup of Barbie doll

Conserving Barbie from degradation


Although she is a cultural icon, conserving Barbie has its challenges: as with most plastic toys and dolls, she was not made to last. Rachel Brazil investigates how conservation scientists are approaching this sticky problem

Canada budget

Canada pledges dramatic pay rise for PhDs, postdocs – but many will not benefit


Budget commits $825 million over five years to boost PhD stipends and postdoctoral fellowships, after over 20 years of stagnation

A digital model of a nuclear power station showing a particle accelerator next to the reactor

‘It’s an efficient machine to destroy nuclear waste’: nuclear future powered by thorium beckons


Thorium nuclear reactors could consume nuclear waste and provide power without the risk of nuclear weapon proliferation  

The exterior or a building with a courtyard garden

New twist in saga means building used by Marie Curie will stay at original site


Parisian site used to prepare and store radioactive materials was first set to be demolished, then moved and will now become part of a museum

Chemistry building

New $132 million chemistry building opens at University of Maryland


Facility will act as a focal point for quantum chemistry, molecular nanoscience and sustainability research

Pumpjacks in an oilfield at sunset

Oil and gas industry emissions are not on track to hit climate goals


Several big firms have rolled back their targets, saying governments need to set pace with policy

East Palestine derailment

Rail company will pay $600 million to settle East Palestine lawsuits


Norfolk Southern reaches agreement to resolve litigation related to last year’s train derailment that spilled hazardous chemical cargo

Drinking water

US finally gets nationwide regulation of PFAS in drinking water


Long-awaited rule is significantly stricter and covers six PFAS, with a five-year phase in for water utilities


Single atom layer of gold produced for the first time


Goldene synthesised via etching technique used in Japanese knife-making


Microscopy structures reveal mechanism behind bitter taste


Cryo-EM images provide a detailed picture of bitter taste receptors


Algorithm designs proteins from scratch that can bind drugs and small molecules


Strategy could stop an overdose or produce an antidote to a poison

Open paint tins

‘Low-VOC’ paints may still release harmful volatiles


New analysis finds volatile compounds and potential allergens in several popular water-based paints


Could mechanochemistry have saved Abbott Laboratories $250 million?


Ball milling solves problem of disappearing ritonavir polymorph

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Biocatalysis – A cross-RSC collection

  • Biocatalysis Faraday Discussion

  • Myth busting: Chemists, the public and the media

  • Innovating for the future of sustainable labs


The oceans’ climate challenge


Nina Notman speaks to the researchers unpicking the many ways the climate crisis is impacting our oceans – and vice versa

Drinking water

The chemists dedicated to making drinking water safer


Across the world, scientists use a variety of techniques to analyse and treat water to ensure it’s safe for us to drink. Julia Robinson talks to some of the people involved


Industry’s water sustainability crisis


As the chemical industry decarbonises, will it require more water? Angeli Mehta looks at whether there is enough to go round

Space organics

The surprising organic chemistry in interstellar space


Even in the bleak wastelands of interstellar space complex organic molecules seem to find a way to form. Anna Demming finds out how

  • Investigating the behaviour of water at material interfaces

  • Clean water innovations: Addressing global challenges

  • Advances in Reaction Monitoring with FlowNMR

  • Lab XAS: A new tool for materials characterisation

  • The pivotal role of chemistry in India’s sustainable development