House with covid particles coming out of the windows

Can we clean Covid from the air around us?


Nina Notman talks to the experts about what is needed to remove pollutants and even infectious diseases from the air inside our homes, schools and offices

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Are elemental analysis guidelines appropriate?

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The standard journal requirement of ±0.4% for carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen is not statistically sound

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The end of a long race?


The finishing line of the Covid-19 pandemic may be in sight, but we mustn’t stop running just yet

Anuya Nisal

Silky smooth tissue regeneration


Serigen mediproducts is harnessing one of India’s biggest industries to help heal wounds and rebuild flesh and bone

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AI picks out fake science


Textual analysis tool flags manuscripts that may have come from paper mills

Photo flow reactor

An evolution in pharma outsourcing


Contract services firms are becoming increasingly sophisticated and embedded in the ecosystem of drug development

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Under pressure? Room temperature superconductivity paper retracted over data analysis


Questions over treatment of data led Nature to remove the paper over the authors’ objections


Access to chemical database Reaxys under threat in UK as fees spiral


Universities are holding off renewing access to the database while Jisc negotiates with Elsevier

Carbon footprint

Labs’ carbon footprint under scrutiny as tool calculates impact of buildings and scientists


Software reveals environmental impact of over 500 French labs


Exclusive polymers made using mechanochemistry


Ball-milling method avoids solubility issues with ring-opening metathesis polymerisations

3d Teflon molecule model

Mineralisation makes chemical recycling of fluoropolymers a possibility


By using molten sodium hydroxide, researchers show they can produce fluorite from fluoropolymers in a two-step process

Dissolving battery

Split-cell design behind batteries that degrade and get absorbed by their environment


Batteries that breakdown on their own could help minimise electronic waste

An image showing the structure of benzene

Benzene’s bond lengths corrected


Sophisticated spectroscopic method shows that previously reported values were out by several milliangstroms

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Sustainability applies to all polymers, not just plastics

  • Belonging and connection – Building a better chemistry culture

  • How polluting is plastic?

  • Is chemical recycling of plastics the future?

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

  • James LuValle, a chemist who broke the colour barrier


Artemisimin collage web hero

50 years of artemisinin


Jamie Durrani tells the story of how a wonder drug against malaria was discovered from a plant in a secret Chinese military project

Soil in hand

Soil searching


Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists trying to understand – and improve – the health of the planet’s soil

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The plant trade’s scientific secrets


Growers are using advanced techniques to mass-produce the next trendy houseplant. But Katrina Krämer finds that collectors’ demand for new varieties has also opened the door to deception and fraud

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Cultured meat flexes its muscles


Rebecca Trager examines an emerging industry that is growing ‘meat’ outside of animals using cell lines cultivated in bioreactors

  • Nobel prize in chemistry: reactions

  • Make better data-based decisions with statistical modelling techniques