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Research culture

The problems of research culture told from the viewpoints of the people affected by them and some of the solutions being proposed to make academic research environments healthier and happier places to do science

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Chemistry Nobel predictions range from free-radical chemistry to MOFs


Data-crunching goes up against gut feeling as the chemistry community weighs in on their favourites for the world’s top chemistry prize

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The name’s bond, chemical bond

By Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn Harkup explores the poisons – real and fictional – used in Bond films

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The future of ‘next generation’ DNA sequencing


As it gets cheaper and easier to read genetic code, its applications are expanding rapidly

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New UK science minister faces a full inbox as concern grows for R&D target


George Freeman becomes the sixth science minister in six years in cabinet reshuffle

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Trilateral agreement reached on funding neutron research centre for another decade


The UK, France and Germany will provide support for the Institut Laue-Langevin, the world’s most intense neutron source

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India pushes renewables and green hydrogen


Prime minister Modi wants country to be energy independent by 2047 and become a global hydrogen hub

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Chemours under fire for trying to exempt fluorochemicals from EU regulation


European Court of Justice will rule on whether GenX chemicals should be listed as substances of very high concern

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Fully synthetic proteins make tailored medicines


Bright Peak Therapeutics makes modified protein drugs from scratch

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Cyanobacteria engineered to accept external electricity turn carbon dioxide into fuel


Replacing photosystem II with an exogenous supply of electrons overcomes limitations of natural photosynthesis to fix carbon dioxide more efficiently

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DNA robot controls live cells’ movement


Molecular machine walks across cell membrane to activate cellular migration

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Ultraphosphates break decades-old anti-branching rule


Discovery of elusive branched phosphates’ unexpected stability means they could have played a role in prebiotic chemistry

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First vortex beam made entirely of atoms


Twisting atoms’ quantum mechanical wave function into a helix could reveal insights into atom–matter interactions

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Programmable peptoid template for disrupting protein–protein interactions inside cells


System optimises residues involved in binding target independently from those that promote membrane permeability

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Is chemical recycling of plastics the future?

  • Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Should we design biodegradable plastics?

  • Progressive plastics webinars

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • The lifesaving work of Evelyn Hickmans

  • Clara Immerwahr – out of her husband’s shadow

  • Kathleen Culhane Lathbury – an industrial pioneer

  • Mabel FitzGerald and the mystery of oxygen sensing

  • 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


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What’s wrong with research culture?


A knotty mess of problems affects people doing academic research in the UK. Rachel Brazil tries to untie the tangle

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Experimenting in a pandemic


Chemistry teachers have faced extraordinary challenges in preparing and running practicals in the past 18 months. Clare Sansom investigates how they have fared

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How a virus ancestor powers our memory’s chemistry


Andy Extance tells the astonishing story of the Arc protein and its capsid forms, and the questions it poses

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How the power of smell could identify new medical tests


Diagnosis by odour is nothing to be sniffed at, finds Ian Le Guillou

  • Harness the power of electricity to make organic compounds

  • Digitalisation and the future of formulating in modern R&D labs

  • Automated capsule chemistry with Synple: do more, faster

  • Find robust operating points using JMP’s Simulation Experiment tool

  • Sublime precursors: how modelling organometallics at surfaces drives innovation in materials processing