Magnetic levitation

Superconductivity: the search and the scandal


Recent high profile controversies haven’t deterred scientists from searching for one of research’s ultimate prizes: room temperature superconductors. Kit Chapman reports on the claims

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

Flying papers

A key chemistry journal disappeared from the web. Others are at risk


Japanese scientific society suspends journal publication saying it has ‘completed its role’ 

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

Electron microscope

£124 million national electron microscope facility to be constructed in Cheshire


tate-of-the-art facility will support researchers aiming to translate chemical understanding into new materials and products

Denka Performance Elastomer Plant

EPA’s clean air rule cuts chemical plant pollution


New regulation affects about 200 facilities in the US, reducing emissions of ethylene oxide, chloroprene and three other chemicals

Petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas

$6.6 million settlement follows 2019 fire at Texas petrochemical facility


Site owner to pay compensation for environmental damage caused by release of hazardous chemicals during days-long fire

People on a protest march holding placards that read Defiance for Science and Scientists Strike Back

US government scientists follow academics in unionising for better conditions


California Association of Professional Scientists joins a national trade union to boost bargaining power


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

Byzantine silver coin

Chemical analysis reveals origins of early English silver coins


Byzantine silver plates were melted down to make many of the first Anglo-Saxon coins

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