• An image showing the Mitsunobu reaction catalyst

    Catalyst cleans up alcohol couplings

    29 August 2019

    Eight years’ work yields Mitsunobu chemistry with nothing but water as a byproduct

  • Silhouette of man drinking alcohol


    2 August 2019

    One doctor's battle with alcoholism and self-experimentation with baclofen led to a rush of people desperate to try the drug to curb their addictions. But are we simply replacing one problem with another, asks Enna Guadalupe

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    Explainer: non-alcoholic beer and wine

    14 January 2018

    For Dry January and beyond, drinkers are thirsty for beers and wines that don’t get you drunk

  • Bottled beer with chemically suitable names

    Beer: Music to your taste buds

    1 December 2017

    Andy Extance goes on tour in the UK and Belgium and compares the science behind the different processes used by craft and mass brewers

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    The morning after the night before

    6 January 2014

    Replacing alcohol with a more benign drug sounds like a great idea, but it faces insurmountable hurdles, says Mark Peplow

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    How to unstopper a stopper

    30 August 2012

    Years as a practical chemist can come in useful when trying to unjam a dram

  • Opinion

    Bubbleology science

    1 June 2012

    And a reason to celebrate

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    Space whisky

    21 May 2012

    Scotch whisky has been sent up to the ISS to see how it matures in zero gravity

  • Wine bottles on shelf


    28 March 2012

    Raising a glass to the compound behind some of our favourite beverages, here's Tim Harrison with ethanol

  • News

    A pint a day. . .

    1 December 1996

    Sterile, free of toxic metals, isotonic and good for the heart, beer is undeserving of decades of bad press.