Chemistry in its Element

  • 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

  • British World War 1 soldiers in a front line trench, 1915-18
    Podcast

    Calcium hypochlorite

    10 May 2018

    A component of 'trench atmosphere' and ‘the most powerful antiseptic known’, Mike Freemantle explores calcium hypochlorite and the birth of a chemical dynasty

  • Using a touch screen device
    Podcast

    Indium tin oxide, ITO

    3 May 2018

    Swipe, tap, pinch, poke and prod – Neil Withers gets hands on with touchscreen material indium tin oxide

  • A person wearing a Big bang theory 'Bazinga!' cape
    Podcast

    BaZnGa

    26 April 2018

    Science imitates art imitating science, as sitcom The big bang theory inspires the creation of a new compound

  • Cycling road race – from behind
    Podcast

    Triamcinolone

    20 April 2018

    Concluding our pair of podcasts on a recent cycling scandal, Ben Valsler looks at the corticosteroid triamcinolone

  • Cyclists in a road race
    Podcast

    Acetylcysteine

    12 April 2018

    How a versatile drug that helps manage lung conditions and treat paracetamol overdose found itself at the centre of a cycling scandal