Chemistry in its Element

  • Aluminium chloride AlCl3 anhydrous (yellow) with some AlCl3x6H2O (hexahydrate) white.
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    Aluminium chloride

    7 December 2017

    Brian Clegg becomes a sleuth to investigate the uses of a deceptively simple Lewis acid

  • Swimming underwater in a pool
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    Acesulfame potassium

    30 November 2017

    A sweet solution to monitoring contaminated water

  • A hand holding a viagra tablet
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    Sildenafil (Viagra)

    22 November 2017

    Kat Arney investigates one of the fastest selling drugs of all time

  • Test launch of Bumper 8: a two-stage rocket that topped a V-2 missile base with a WAC Corporal rocket
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    Tetranitromethane

    16 November 2017

    Brian Clegg introduces a failed rocket fuel oxidiser with a very tricky structure

  • A pigeon in flight
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    Polybutene

    9 November 2017

    Kit Chapman discovers the compound that blighted Nixon’s second presidential inauguration by littering the route with dead pigeons

  • Mouldy peanuts
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    Aflatoxins

    2 November 2017

    Kat Arney investigates the cancer-causing chemicals that could be lurking in that bag of peanuts

  • A photograph of orange peel and a bottle of essential oil
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    Citral

    26 October 2017

    A compound known for its citrusy zing, and which also helps honey bees find their way home

  • A photograph of a surfer riding a wave
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    Neoprene

    20 October 2017

    The wear-resistant polymer that helps keep you warm in the winter surf

  • Young woman suffering from seasickness
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    Cinnarizine (stugeron)

    12 October 2017

    Neil Withers relives a choppy (and messy) sea voyage to bring us the science of anti-seasickness drug cinnarizine

  • Preparing a solution from the salt of sodium dichromate
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    Sodium dichromate

    6 October 2017

    Discover the compound at the heart of a multi-million dollar legal case and an Oscar–winning role for Julia Roberts