Chemistry in its Element

  • Young black and white cat with bottles of milk


    28 June 2017

    One of the most popular plastics of the early 20th century was accidentally invented by a cat, as Kat Arney finds out.

  • Blue domestic LED light bulbs

    Gallium nitride

    22 June 2017

    Despite early setbacks, this conducting crystal shows great promise across a wide range of electronics

  • An image of a powder with a faint blue glow

    Caesium chloride

    14 June 2017

    A compound found in mineral water that is also used in medical treatments and solar cells

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


    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

    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

    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


    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

    Propranolol hydrochloride

    14 May 2017

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

  • Trees in autumn


    7 May 2017

    The pigments responsible for the rich colours of autumn leaves

  • Example of MOF-5

    MOFs: Metal–organic frameworks

    27 April 2017

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