Chemistry in its Element

  • Fabrication of hierarchical biomimetic polymeric nanostructured surfaces - nanosphere monolayer film on the surface of a liquid covering
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    Rotaxanes

    7 June 2017

    A group of compounds that resemble machine parts could pave the way for molecular robots

  • The scab on a grazed knee, healing nicely
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    Fibrin and fibrinogen

    31 May 2017

    From scabby knees to life-threatening strokes, this important protein is the fundamental link in the complex molecular chain that forms blood clots

  • An image of two men clinking whiskey glasses
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    Propylene glycol

    24 May 2017

    How a batch of cinnamon whiskey led to total recall

  • View from the top of paint, tools and plastic scale model
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    Butanone

    17 May 2017

    Butanone or methyl ethyl ketone is better known to many as the polystyrene cement that keeps scale models secure

  • A hand pulls back the curtain to reveal the bright lights of an empty stage
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    Propranolol hydrochloride

    14 May 2017

    Stave off stage fright with a simple compound that revolutionised drug development

  • Trees in autumn
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    Anthocyanins

    7 May 2017

    The pigments responsible for the rich colours of autumn leaves

  • Example of MOF-5
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    MOFs: Metal–organic frameworks

    27 April 2017

    Katrina Krämer examines these extremely versatile materials and speaks to MOF pioneer Omar Yaghi

  • Orange and black striped caterpillars of the Cinnabar Moth, on wild yellow ragwort flowers
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    Ragwort alkaloids

    19 April 2017

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids from Ragworts and other plants are popular with pollinators but a potent poison to livestock, as Mike Freemantle discovers

  • Will o' the wisp over the fens
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    Phosphine

    12 April 2017

    Will o’ the wisp, ignis fatuus, hitodama or the min-min light, ghostly balls of fire are common in folklore around the world. Kit Chapman explores the compound that may be the chemical cause of these mysterious lights

  • Vintage Japanese black lacquer tea caddy with auspicious gold makie bamboo forest design, used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony
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    Urushiol

    5 April 2017

    The compounds that link poison ivy with beautiful lacquerwork