Chemistry in its Element

  • A very old edition of Tyrocinium Chymicum
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    Antimony sulfide

    2 September 2015

    It’s at the heart of the first chemical equation, and makes Hayley Birch think of quiche. This week’s compound is antimony sulfide

  • Blue Ridge mountains
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    Isoprene

    26 August 2015

    Why do the Blue Ridged Mountains inspire so many songs? Maybe it’s because of the Isoprene that gives them their blue hue…

  • Someone kneading dough
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    Gluten

    19 August 2015

    Emilie Steinmark tells us about gluten and gluten intolerance

  • yellow pills
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    2,4-Dinitrophenol

    12 August 2015

    Simon Cotton explains the explosive history and the dangers to health of the weight-loss drug, 2,4-dinitrophenol

  • Vanadium oxide powder
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    Vanadium Oxides

    5 August 2015

    Brian Clegg introduces an exotic chemical dynasty: the Vanadium oxides

  • Skydivers
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    Adrenaline

    29 July 2015

    Simon Cotton on the compound that turns a shrinking violet into a hero: Adrenaline

  • Silly putty
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    Polydimethylsiloxane

    22 July 2015

    Brian Clegg tells us about a silicone gel, which can sometimes be a bit silly

  • Carminic acid
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    Carminic acid

    17 July 2015

    Raychelle Burks introduces a red dye with a prickly history.

  • Lemons
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    Citric acid

    8 July 2015

    If life hands you lemons, make lemonade – or you could make citric acid, a very useful commodity chemical according to Andrew Turley

  • Large rolls of paper
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    Sodium sulfate

    1 July 2015

    Brian Clegg on sodium sulfate, known as ‘the miraculous salt’ because of its strong laxative effects.