Matter features

  • 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

  • Ikea-style manual for step by step gene synthesis

    Step-by-step synthesis of DNA

    6 April 2018

    Andy Extance discovers how scientists are delivering the extremely accurate DNA chemistry and biochemistry needed to make genes – and even genomes

  • Aerial view of ORNL main campus

    Oak Ridge at 75

    16 March 2018

    As Oak Ridge National Laboratory celebrates its 75th anniversary, Kit Chapman visits the birthplace of the atomic age

  • Molecule gif sequence ref 3 imaging single molecule reaction intermediates stabilized sixteen 9 for site hero 5

    Watching molecular movies

    9 February 2018

    Rachel Brazil goes behind the scenes of molecular film sets

  • Resolve handheld spectrometer

    Handheld spectrometers

    2 February 2018

    Andy Extance discovers how portable infrared absorption and Raman scattering analysis tools are inspiring new uses – even within people’s homes

  • Macrophotograph of a silicon chip

    Chemistry beyond Moore's Law

    26 January 2018

    Can anything replace the silicon in our mobile phones and laptops? The hunt is on, reports Hayley Bennett

  • Horizontal field of lightning/electricity/energy.

    Can we control reactions with electric fields?

    9 January 2018

    Think beyond the hot plate and stirrer – the consequences could be revolutionary, says Joshua Howgego