Chemistry in its Element

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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

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    Hydrazine

    20 April 2016

    Rowena Fletcher-Wood on the simple compound that links spandex, automobile safety and space exploration: Hydrazine

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    Acrylamide

    13 April 2016

    Does burnt toast cause cancer? Martha Henriques explores this complex question

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    Uranium dioxide

    6 April 2016

    This week’s compound has had a glowing career in the arts and a runaway success in the energy sector

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    Mauveine

    30 March 2016

    Michael Freemantle with a colourful account of the birth of synthetic organic chemistry

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    Citronellol

    23 March 2016

    Emma Stoye on citronellol - her constant companion when faced with biting bugs

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    Fluorescein

    16 March 2016

    Kat Arney discovers the compound that first coloured the Chicago river green for St Patrick’s Day