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The rise of ferrofluids


Magnetic liquids are taking off, Hayley Bennett reports, but not as their inventor once imagined

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Chemistry Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi dies at 85


Discoverer of the Negishi coupling, who did synthetic organic chemistry research at Purdue for four decades, has passed away

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From chemistry to referee


Kathryn Nesbitt left her professor post to bring her problem-solving skills to the pitch, and is breaking through barriers for women

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Alzheimer’s antibody gets surprise US approval


Good news for industry and future drug approvals, but physicians doubt it will be effective for most patients

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Eight dead in apparent methyl formate leak at Chinese chemical plant


Three others injured at facility in Guizhou after accidental release during unloading

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Deadly fire in Indian chemical factory


Blaze killed 18 workers, mainly women, who were trapped inside SVS Aqua Technologies plant

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Drax plant to use Misubishi’s carbon capture technology in pursuit of negative emissions


Amine solvent in use at 13 other plants could be deployed at Yorkshire plant by 2027

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Hints that century-old TB vaccine offers an immune boost against Covid-19


Small study is part of global effort examining whether the BCG jab could help in the next pandemic

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Nanomaterial stores radicals to power photopolymerisation in the dark


Reaction driven by long-lived radicals experiences fewer side reactions than photopolymerisation under light irradiation

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Biochemical mystery unfolds as elemental metals found in Alzheimer’s patients’ brains


In a discovery that raises more question than it answers, researchers have found zero-oxidation-state iron and copper deposits inside amyloid plaques

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Photocatalytic system mimics sunflowers by bending towards light


Phototropism boosts photocatalytic hydrogen peroxide production

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Protein impurities found in AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine stir debate


Compounds might cause side effects but are unlikely to be behind extremely rare blood-clotting events

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Scientists uncover pitfalls of letting algorithms determine crystal structures


Chemists warn not to blindly trust x-ray crystallography software after finding and correcting mistakes in iodine azide structures

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Should we design biodegradable plastics?

  • Chemistry pedagogy for a modern world

  • LGBT+ inclusivity – Building a better chemistry culture

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Ida Noddack and the trouble with element 43

  • Polly Porter, crystallography pioneer

  • Mary Sherman Morgan: The best kept secret in the space race

  • 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


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Reaching the molecular limit of magnetic memory


Clever chemistry could help computers cram even more data onto their hard drives. Rachel Brazil reports on single-molecule magnets

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Computer-guided retrosynthesis


Machine learning-based systems hope to outperform expert-guided reaction planning technology, finds Andy Extance

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How should chemical mixtures be regulated?


Nina Notman explores the challenge of assessing and managing risk from the coincidental chemical mixtures to which humans and the environment are exposed

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Cleaning up industry’s water worries


With clean water supplies increasingly scarce, Angeli Mehta looks at what industry is doing to reduce its demands

  • A chemist’s view on R&D digitalisation in materials innovation

  • The age of digital chemistry

  • Quantitative structural analysis using STEM HAADF-iDPC