Chemistry in its Element

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    Ammonium carbonate

    29 June 2016

    Ever taken a whiff of smelling salts? For many years, the compound that contributed the pungent pong was ammonium carbonate

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    Asafoetida

    22 June 2016

    With a name that literally means rotten resin, asafoetida is a surprising food additive and deodorant

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    Methyl isocyanate

    15 June 2016

    The 1984 accident at Bhopal, India, was the worst in the history of industrial chemistry. It involved a leak of methyl isocyanate

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    Shikimic acid

    8 June 2016

    Kat Arney introduces a biologically ubiquitous compound, important in beating both infectious viruses and invasive weeds

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    Sucrose

    31 May 2016

    The tastiest food additive there is, or the greatest threat to life in the western world?

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    Cordite

    25 May 2016

    The Battle of Jutland was fought 100 years ago next week, on May 31st, 1916. A critical role was played by cordite

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    Coumarin

    18 May 2016

    Michael Freemantle takes a stroll through ‘Jane Austen country’ to discover this week’s compound: Coumarin

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    Tetraethyl lead

    11 May 2016

    For decades, automobile fuel had a dangerous additive: Tetraethyl lead. Matt Gunther explains why a toxic compound was added to our fuel

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    Haloperidol

    4 May 2016

    It failed as a painkiller, but Haldol rapidly became an essential medicine for schizophrenia. Raychelle Burks explains more

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    Cadmium telluride

    27 April 2016

    It may not be the best material for solar cells but it has some distinct advantages