Chemistry in its Element

  • British World War 1 soldiers in a front line trench, 1915-18
    Podcast

    Calcium hypochlorite

    10 May 2018

    A component of 'trench atmosphere' and ‘the most powerful antiseptic known’, Mike Freemantle explores calcium hypochlorite and the birth of a chemical dynasty

  • Using a touch screen device
    Podcast

    Indium tin oxide, ITO

    3 May 2018

    Swipe, tap, pinch, poke and prod – Neil Withers gets hands on with touchscreen material indium tin oxide

  • A person wearing a Big bang theory 'Bazinga!' cape
    Podcast

    BaZnGa

    26 April 2018

    Science imitates art imitating science, as sitcom The big bang theory inspires the creation of a new compound

  • Cycling road race – from behind
    Podcast

    Triamcinolone

    20 April 2018

    Concluding our pair of podcasts on a recent cycling scandal, Ben Valsler looks at the corticosteroid triamcinolone

  • Cyclists in a road race
    Podcast

    Acetylcysteine

    12 April 2018

    How a versatile drug that helps manage lung conditions and treat paracetamol overdose found itself at the centre of a cycling scandal

  • Huaorani hunter using a traditional blowpipe
    Podcast

    Curare and ouabain

    6 April 2018

    Jamie Durrani presents a pair of plant-based poisons

  • 3d rendering of a subsea cable on the seabed
    Podcast

    Gutta percha

    29 March 2018

    Kat Arney on the tree sap that once insulated transatlantic cables

  • Maitotoxin structure
    Podcast

    Maitotoxin

    9 March 2018

    A giant marine toxin with a total synthesis story to tell

  • Blue lobster
    Podcast

    Astaxanthin

    2 March 2018

    Colourful crustaceans and the story of a ubiquitous biological pigment

  • A man using a ultraviolet tanning bed
    Podcast

    Melanin

    22 February 2018

    A family of biological pigments that make life more colourful