Matter features

  • Close-up of the nanospray apparatus used in electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (ESI-MS)

    Medical mass spec

    10 September 2018

    Mass spectrometry can be used for more than just small molecules, meaning it is a vital tool in drug discovery and hospitals, as Clare Sansom discovers

  • 3 to 2 ratio pic of Derek Barton

    Derek Barton and shape-shifting molecules

    6 August 2018

    It’s 100 years since Derek Barton was born. Mike Sutton looks at his work developing conformational analysis

  • 150 years of helium index gif

    150 years of helium

    23 July 2018

    Humanity took a long time to notice the second most common chemical element in the universe, James Mitchell Crow notes. Today we would struggle to do without it

  • mechanochemical purple index

    Introducing mechanochemistry

    16 July 2018

    Mechanochemical synthesis offers a different way to make compounds. Nina Notman asks whether we should all get grinding

  • Glass blower Stan Sheldon at University of California, Riverside in 2013

    Glass: the chemist’s best friend

    6 July 2018

    Where would we be without our glassware? Tabitha Watson looks through the history and current state of chemistry’s favourite amorphous solid

  • Rusted metal sheet

    The nanocoatings holding back corrosion

    29 June 2018

    Corrosion is an age-old problem, but some of the latest solutions are distinctly 21st century. Rachel Brazil reports

  • Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC - close-up of 'Equal justice under law'

    Forensics in crisis

    15 June 2018

    High-profile cases of scientific misconduct at forensics labs are upending the legal system and casting doubt on the wider field, Rebecca Trager finds

  • Morpho Butterfly Wing close-up

    Structural colour

    25 May 2018

    From iridescent butterflies and beetles to fish-scales and petals – can nature show us how to make sustainable pigments and dyes? Angeli Mehta takes a look

  • Different liquids, gases and solids colliding

    Combining homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis

    20 April 2018

    Can you make a catalyst that has the stability and recyclability of a heterogeneous one with the selectivity of a homogeneous one? Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists finding out

  • 0418CW - Green Chemistry Feature - opening schematic - Index

    Solvents and sustainability

    13 April 2018

    Organic solvents make up a huge part of the waste from the chemical industry. Clare Sansom looks at efforts to reduce the loss or replace them entirely