A man wearing safety gear in an industrial chemical plant with large pipes and tanks

Organic catalyst could cut the chlor-alkali process’s enormous appetite for energy


Cheap molecule achieves similar performance as existing costly metallic catalysts – but faces major questions about its stability

Technician recognition

Giving technicians the recognition they deserve


Schemes such as the Technician Commitment are starting to address problems with authorship and career development

Making the moon home

The race to build a base on the moon


Nina Notman talks to scientists helping to return humans to the moon – for good this time

Battery illustration

The future of energy storage

In this collection, we explore how energy storage solutions will enable the transition to clean energy, and what the future might hold.


Chemical firms kept data on PFAS health hazards secret


Documents suggest that DuPont and 3M had evidence of PFAS toxicity but suppressed the findings

A grand white marble building with a clock tower and gardens

Report highlights job insecurity and mental health strain in academia


Baseline pay and conditions compare well to other sectors for permanent staff

A portrait of Tim Springer in a garden

Billionaire professor donates ‘transformative’ sum to protein science institute


$210 million endowment from entrepreneur and Moderna investor Tim Springer will support ongoing research


US trade regulator sues to block Amgen–Horizon merger


Federal Trade Commission has concerns that union will allow Amgen to stifle potential competition for Horizon’s drugs


Volcanoes and meteorites may have delivered catalysts for life’s beginning


Iron-rich nanoparticles can catalyse conversion of CO2 to complex organic molecules


Identifying single atoms with x-ray specificity


Combining synchrotron x-rays with scanning tunnelling microscopy gives atomic resolution

A black and white SEM image showing fibres of ligament

Twisted carbon nanotubes make ideal replacements for damaged ligaments


Rabbits and sheep can still walk and jump normally after transplantation of synthetic ligaments


Colour-changing liquids could flag cold chain breaches for medicines


Device offers simple and reliable monitoring with no electronic waste

Hands in latex gloves bending a solar cell

Flexible silicon solar cells could be rolled out on tricky to cover buildings


Bendy silicon cells should be cheaper than thin-film alternative

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Addressing anxiety – Building a better chemistry culture

  • The roadmap to a sustainable future for polymers

  • Themed collection: Sustainable Laboratories

  • The Sustainable Laboratories report

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Betty Wright Harris’s explosive career

  • Masataka Ogawa and the search for nipponium



The Sun rises on perovskites


With the first solar cells scheduled for commercial sale this year, Tim Wogan looks at the long, hard road to producing stable perovskite photovoltaics

Coiled limpet tongue light microscopy

A new generation of materials inspired by teeth


Ian Le Guillou finds that some of nature’s toughest structures are helping scientists to develop new fibres that could revolutionise fabrics

Battery research

Building better batteries


The next generation of battery technologies might pack significantly more power into the electric cars and mobile devices of the future. James Mitchell Crow reports

World map lithium resources

The lithium rush


Move over, gold; lithium is now the metal in global demand. Kit Chapman untangles the global politics around the sought-after resource

  • Driving the battery recycling revolution

  • Building organisational consensus around the tools of digital chemistry

  • Cutting-edge cosmetics: innovating for sustainability with machine learning & molecular simulations

  • Poisonous tales with author Hilary Hamnett