Chemistry in its Element

  • Gelsemium sempervirens flowers
    Podcast

    Gelsemine

    21 September 2015

    In this week’s podcast, Matt Gunther reveals the toxic history of gelsemine

  • Wintergreen plant
    Podcast

    Methyl salicylate

    15 September 2015

    In this week’s podcast, Raychelle Burks tells us of the cool but warming effects of methyl salicylate, better known as oil of wintergreen.

  • A very old edition of Tyrocinium Chymicum
    Podcast

    Antimony sulfide

    2 September 2015

    It’s at the heart of the first chemical equation, and makes Hayley Birch think of quiche. This week’s compound is antimony sulfide

  • Blue Ridge mountains
    Podcast

    Isoprene

    26 August 2015

    Why do the Blue Ridged Mountains inspire so many songs? Maybe it’s because of the Isoprene that gives them their blue hue…

  • Someone kneading dough
    Podcast

    Gluten

    19 August 2015

    Emilie Steinmark tells us about gluten and gluten intolerance

  • yellow pills
    Podcast

    2,4-Dinitrophenol

    12 August 2015

    Simon Cotton explains the explosive history and the dangers to health of the weight-loss drug, 2,4-dinitrophenol

  • Vanadium oxide powder
    Podcast

    Vanadium Oxides

    5 August 2015

    Brian Clegg introduces an exotic chemical dynasty: the Vanadium oxides

  • Skydivers
    Podcast

    Adrenaline

    29 July 2015

    Simon Cotton on the compound that turns a shrinking violet into a hero: Adrenaline

  • Silly putty
    Podcast

    Polydimethylsiloxane

    22 July 2015

    Brian Clegg tells us about a silicone gel, which can sometimes be a bit silly

  • Carminic acid
    Podcast

    Carminic acid

    17 July 2015

    Raychelle Burks introduces a red dye with a prickly history.