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Living through the war in Ukraine


Since the full-scale invasion began, Anastasia Klimash has been talking to chemists in Ukraine to find out how they are being affected

Self-forming shoe

3D printing adds another dimension


Nina Notman learns how 4D printing is opening the door to unique smart materials whose applications may only be limited by our imaginations

Quantum concept

Rydberg atoms can form molecular bonds with charged species

By Victoria Atkinson

Researchers observe unusual bond, which is substantially longer than classical covalent interactions

A photo of a well-lit open-plan office space. There are a few stacks of moving boxes piled in front of one of the desk rows.

Norway sacks its research council’s board over financial mismanagement


Norwegian research funding agency faces massive deficits, leading the government to freeze new research awards and launch an investigation

Deep Fake digital artwork

AI-generated images could make it almost impossible to detect fake papers


Some researchers worry that deepfake technology could be a new threat to scientific integrity, but others think traditional image manipulation is here to stay

Family photo

Ukrainian researchers persevering amid war


Publishing, lecturing and lab work continues for a family of chemists in Kyiv

Technicians working a large piece of equipment with a window into a glowing furnace

Last of UK’s nuclear reprocessing plants to close


Sellafield’s Magnox plant will enter a new era of clean-up and decommissioning in July

Women in science

UK physical science funder acts to rid its peer review of gender bias


EPSRC plans to pilot unconscious bias observers in funding panels and investigate all types of peer review discrimination

A close-up of a ball-and-stick model of two buckminsterfullerene molecules

It’s not enough to be 3D and aromatic to be 3D aromatic


Misusing the term 3D aromaticity could put chemists on a slippery slope where the concept loses meaning


Large flakes of unusual 2D carbon allotrope made for the first time


Move over graphene, say hello to graphyne


Flaws fixed in venerable 84-year-old method of measuring porosity


Simple software corrects calculations of surface area that were out by up to a factor of five

Magnetic field

Magnetic fields generate intricate periodic trends


By including magnetic fields in conceptual DFT, scientists have been able to use it to predict chemical behaviour under extreme conditions


Catalytic alchemy sees device transform one metal so that it behaves like another


Electric charge enables the catalytic ‘speed limit’ for many important reactions to be bypassed

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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  • How polluting is plastic?

  • Is chemical recycling of plastics the future?

  • Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • 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

  • The lifesaving work of Evelyn Hickmans

  • Clara Immerwahr – out of her husband’s shadow

  • Kathleen Culhane Lathbury – an industrial pioneer



The incredible antibodies of sharks, llamas and camels


Sharks and llamas share a strange quirk of their immune systems. Hayley Bennett finds out how their ‘nanobodies’ could help us tackle Covid and a host of other diseases

Testing wastewater

The human health observatory in our sewers


From tracking disease outbreaks to monitoring drug use, there’s a lot to be learned from the things we flush down the toilet, Katrina Krämer finds

Unnatural amino acids

Life’s chemistry goes through the looking glass


Chemists were taught that natural systems only use L-amino acids. Andy Extance finds out just how wrong that is proving

Electric car diagram

Not just batteries: The chemistry of electric cars


The materials required in battery-powered cars are providing new challenges to chemists and the chemical industry. Clare Sansom reports

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