Chemistry in its Element

  • Single-strand damage in DNA
    Podcast

    PARP: Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase

    2 November 2016

    Kat Arney explains how a protein that repairs broken DNA holds the key to killing cancer cells – but only if you stop it from doing its job

  • A lab laser with warning label
    Podcast

    Neodymium chloride

    26 October 2016

    From medicine to the military, this compound makes lasers for a range of applications

  • White tablets
    Podcast

    Gabapentin

    19 October 2016

    Louise Crane documents the rise and fall of Gabapentin – from ‘wonder drug’ to illicit substance in just 50 years

  • Plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate
    Podcast

    Polyethylene terephthalate

    12 October 2016

    The story of one of the most ubiquitous artificial compounds

  • BINAP
    Podcast

    BINAP

    6 October 2016

    The ligand that will give you just the hand you need

  • Chemotherapy session
    Podcast

    Fluorouracil

    28 September 2016

    A substitute for one of the bases in DNA that can cause the death of cancer cells

  • Laundry drying on a line, surrounded by bubbles
    Podcast

    Quaternary ammonium salts

    21 September 2016

    Brian Clegg introduces a family of molecules that first gave fluffy softness to freshly washed clothes

  • The mad hatter's tea party
    Podcast

    Ergotamine

    14 September 2016

    Ben Valsler finds out why writing Alice’s adventures in Wonderland was such a headache for Lewis Carroll

  • Raw and uncut Spinel gemstones
    Podcast

    Spinel

    7 September 2016

    Find out about the Black Prince’s ruby, which is no ruby at all

  • Blue Monkshood flowers, one of several Aconitum species
    Podcast

    Aconitine

    31 August 2016

    This powerful poison is said to have the power to transform werewolves and heal snake bites. Brian Clegg unpicks fiction from fact