Chemistry in its Element

  • A rhinoceros
    Podcast

    Ectoparasiticides

    13 January 2016

    Martha Henriques explains how compounds developed to keep parasites at bay may be protecting rhinos from poachers

  • Yellowstone national park
    Podcast

    Taq Polymerase

    16 December 2015

    Kat Arney reveals how high temperature bacteria provide us with the molecule that speeds up DNA sequencing

  • A molecule of ubiquitin
    Podcast

    Ubiquitin

    9 December 2015

    Kiki Sanford examines the molecule that holds the balance between life and death

  • A nurse tends to a World War I victim
    Podcast

    Diethyl ether

    2 December 2015

    Michael Freemantle awakens us to the history of diethyl ether

  • Manganese dioxide
    Podcast

    Manganese dioxide

    25 November 2015

    Brian Clegg paints a picture of a compound found in ancient cave paintings and top-of-the-range electronics: Manganese dioxide

  • Old engraving of workers making mercury fulminate
    Podcast

    Mercury fulminate, Hg(CNO)2

    18 November 2015

    Michael Freemantle examines the explosive history and chemistry of mercury fulminate

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    Zirconium tungstate

    11 November 2015

    Generally, things get bigger as they get hotter. Neil Withers examines one of the exceptions – zirconium tungstate

  • Formula 1 pitstop
    Podcast

    Toluene

    4 November 2015

    There’s more to toluene than TNT, as Brian Clegg reveals

  • Old photo of a man making guncotton
    Podcast

    Guncotton or nitrocellulose

    28 October 2015

    From an apron aflame to a popular propellant, Michael Freemantle tracks the history of guncotton

  • Pot of Marmite
    Podcast

    Thiamine or vitamin B

    22 October 2015

    Brian Clegg introduces an essential nutrient, and the first to hold the name ‘vitamin’: Thiamine or vitamin B