Chemistry in its Element

  • Sheep
    Podcast

    Lanolin

    20 July 2018

    How a waxy mixture from a sheep's fleece helped create a global fashion brand

  • CBD oil - cannabis oil containing cannabidiol
    Podcast

    Cannabidiol

    13 July 2018

    The story of Charlotte Figi, Dravet syndrome and the cannabis compound controlling her condition

  • NPK fertiliser
    Podcast

    Potassium sulfate

    5 July 2018

    Brian Clegg on a compound that keeps us well fed and looking radiant

  • Warfarin tablets, 5mg (pink), 3mg (blue) and 1mg (brown)
    Podcast

    Warfarin

    28 June 2018

    Katrina Krämer examines the potent anticoagulant implicated in the death of Joseph Stalin

  • A traditional kerosene lamp
    Podcast

    Kerosene

    21 June 2018

    Bat-borne bombs and a classic chemistry textbook, with Mike Freemantle

  • Iron pyrite (fool's gold)
    Podcast

    Iron sulfides

    14 June 2018

    One mineral form may look like gold, but Brian Clegg isn't fooled by the value of iron sulfides

  • Spider web
    Podcast

    Spidroin

    7 June 2018

    Kat Arney on your friendly neighbourhood spider silk protein

  • Peppercorns in a wooden spoon
    Podcast

    Piperine

    31 May 2018

    Jamie Durrani on the compound that gives pepper its characteristic kick

  • Early to mid 20th century product tins most visibly one from Folger's Golden Gate Cream Tartar, Edmonds Historical Museum, Edmonds, Washington, USA.
    Podcast

    Potassium bitartrate

    24 May 2018

    Brian Clegg with the winemaking byproduct that may be lurking in your larder

  • Arene pirouette
    Podcast

    Twistacenes

    17 May 2018

    Kat Arney discovers the strange things that happen when organic compounds go round the twist