Chemistry in its Element

  • A man measuring his waistline with a measuring tape
    Podcast

    Orlistat

    4 January 2017

    Chemistry in its Element podcast: Kit Chapman looks at a poster child in the battle against obesity

  • Cloves
    Podcast

    Eugenol

    21 December 2016

    One of the defining smells of Christmas leads a double life as fish anaesthetic and insect attractant…

  • A sample of boron on the periodic table
    Podcast

    Diborane

    14 December 2016

    Neil Withers examines a compound with the ‘wrong’ number of bonds

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    Podcast

    Diazepam

    7 December 2016

    Jamie Durrani introduces one of the biggest selling pharmaceuticals in history, the ‘mother’s little helper’: Diazepam

  • Alaska
    Podcast

    Swainsonine

    30 November 2016

    Did this insidious plant poison kill a hiker in Alaska?

  • Cell division
    Podcast

    Bromodeoxyuridine

    23 November 2016

    Kat Arney illuminates the story of a molecular ‘highlighter pen’ for growing cells

  • Woman with acne
    Podcast

    Benzoyl peroxide

    16 November 2016

    The blondest blonde, the whitest smile, the clearest complexion – all from one essential compound

  • Chocolate drops
    Podcast

    Butyric acid

    9 November 2016

    The taste of American chocolate divides continents. Louise Crane reveals the ingredient that explains why

  • 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