Chemistry in its Element

  • 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

  • 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