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Sustainable solar power

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Getting energy from the sun isn’t renewable until the panels are recyclable. James Mitchell Crow talks to the scientists making it happen

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Prasanna de Silva: ‘Kindness plays a key role in academia’

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The influential Sri Lankan chemist on serendipity, slowness and the excitement of Irish percussion

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Drugging RNA

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Some medicinal chemists have changed their focus from proteins to target RNA, finds Rachel Brazil 

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Princeton fined for export violations involving controlled pathogens

2021-03-01T14:30:00+00:00

37 violations relate to exporting strains and recombinants of animal pathogen to foreign research facilities

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Scientists back creation of an international body to oversee chemicals and waste

2021-02-25T09:30:00+00:00

New organisation could tackle problem of ‘limited and fragmented’ coverage of environmental impact of these issues

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Chromosol’s silicon photonics system tackles data transfer bottleneck

2021-02-25T09:28:00+00:00

Technology for integrating lasers directly into photonic circuits could accelerate replacement of large and expensive optical systems

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Polar storm paralyses US Gulf Coast petrochemical sector

2021-02-24T13:05:00+00:00

Days after ‘icepocalypse’ hit Texas, 75% of US ethylene capacity was still offline, as was 70% of its polypropylene and 40% of propylene production

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Green light for world’s first Sars-CoV-2 studies that will infect healthy volunteers

2021-02-24T09:30:00+00:00

UK trials will assess how well Covid-19 treatments work and if vaccines protect against new virus variants

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Double bond metathesis extended to germanium compounds

2021-03-02T15:10:00+00:00

Partner swapping reaction carried out with digermene compounds, with no need for a catalyst

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Electrochemistry enables new, greener route to aromatic sulfonamides

2021-03-02T09:30:00+00:00

One-step, metal-free, scalable route synthesises key functional group in drug discovery

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Chemist whose father survived oil rig disaster inspired to swap slides for VR safety training

2021-03-01T14:30:00+00:00

Training using virtual reality could help chemical manufacturing workers prepare for the worst

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New magnesium alloy shows exceptional corrosion resistance

2021-03-01T14:27:00+00:00

Magnesium reaps big benefits from tiny amounts of calcium

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Photosensitive monomer allows polyurethanes to be degraded by light

2021-02-26T10:34:00+00:00

Polymer designed to have a cleaving point after every second monomer unit

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Chemistry pedagogy for a modern world

  • LGBT+ inclusivity – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Celebrating Black History Month

  • Trust in peer review

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Julia Lermontova: an early pioneer

  • Margarita Salas: the marquesa of molecular biology

  • Sylvia Stoesser – the first female chemist at Dow

  • Martin Gouterman: the gay man behind the four-orbital model

  • Stefanie Horovitz – the woman behind the isotope

  • Marguerite Perey and the last element in nature

  • Ghanaian biochemistry TV star Marian Addy

  • Barbara Low, penicillin and the protein pi helix

  • Alice Ball’s treatment for leprosy

  • Eunice Foote: the mother of climate change

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The hellish chemistry of Venus’ atmosphere

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The potential presence of phosphine on Venus is only the latest twist in the strange chemistry of our planetary neighbour, finds Clare Sansom

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Marking the Anthropocene

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The idea that we’re in a human-influenced geological epoch is gaining traction, but how will future geologists measure it? Rachel Brazil finds out

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DNA machines get a move on

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Devices made from nucleic acids are starting to find their feet, says Nina Notman

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Biden thrills US research community with his science ‘dream team’

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The new US president has elevated the role of science in the White House

  • Addressing gender parity across the Commonwealth

  • Smarter experimentation for scientists and engineers

  • Gaining an edge through smarter experimentation

  • Physics-based computational modeling applied to the design and optimisation of biologics