Gregory Robinson

Gregory Robinson: ‘We were members of the last generation to attend segregated schools’


The synthetic inorganic chemist on attending a segregated school in Alabama, balancing football and chemistry, and tennis as a muse


Promethium bond length completes picture of the size of lanthanides’ atoms


 Study fills one of the last gaps in our knowledge of the periodic table

Peter Atkins

Physical chemistry textbook now free to download as a ‘gift’ to the community


Peter Atkins gives away Concepts in Physical Chemistry in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry

A large group of protesters. One is holding an Argentinian flag without the sun and one is holding a placard that says Sin Ciencia No Hay Conan (Without Science we have no Conan)

Javier Milei is proving to be the ‘nightmare’ Argentinian researchers feared


In less than six months, president Milei has demoted the nation’s science ministry and spent only 1% of its S&T budget amid record inflation


What the dichloromethane ban might mean for university labs in the US


The lab use requirements outlined in the agency’s workplace chemical protection plan are impractical for academic institutions, the ACS says

Antibody-drug conjugate

Pan-cancer approval shows huge potential for antibody–drug conjugates


Enhertu gains approval based on gene expression rather than tumour location 


Expressions of concern added to more than 60 articles in chemistry journal


Elsevier scrutinising further articles in the journal as it attempts to discover what happened

Elisabeth Bik

Legal threats, online trolls and low pay: the world of scientific sleuth Elisabeth Bik


Chemistry World catches up with one of the world’s leading scientific integrity experts


Simple preparation method improves access to long-known superacid


Aluminium tris(fluorosulfate) synthesised in a single step


Simplified hydroformylation replaces rhodium with base metal


Bench-friendly asymmetric hydroformylation swaps toxic gas and expensive catalyst for cheap reagents and mild conditions


How A-level chemistry solved the 200-year-old problem with the haloform reaction


Mechanistic analysis reveals unknown steps in undergraduate staple, the haloform reaction


Cold plasma converts biogas into long-chain hydrocarbon feedstocks


Waste gases from landfills could be turned into valuable chemical feedstocks

A hand holding a small microchip-style sensor

Handheld ultrasensitive fentanyl sensor can distinguish between opioids


Femtogram sensitivity could help detect adulteration of drugs

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

DDT collage

How DDT went from triumph to tragedy


Few compounds have a story as controversial as this insecticide. Mike Sutton traces the tale from its beginning 150 years ago


One of these vials is contaminated with nanoplastics. Chemistry can tell us which one


Nina Notman talks to the scientists finding where nanoplastics come from and where they end up


Illuminating antiaromaticity


Aromaticity’s dark alter-ego is ready to emerge into the sunlight. James Mitchell Crow talks to the scientists trying to exploit the instability

1959 Barbie

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

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

  • Empowering voices: Advancing social mobility in the chemical sciences

  • The science of CBD: exploring safe limits

  • It’s a gas – with author Mark Miodownik