Sustainability – from dirty word to industry imperative


Efforts to reduce the environmental impact of chemical processes have shaped the evolution of the entire sector

Black smoke

Making chemicals safe and sustainable


The green transition is an opportunity to also make industry simpler and safer

US and China flags

US–China science and technology cooperation agreement expires


Amid concerns that China is an unreliable or untrustworthy research partner, the White House allows 45-year-old arrangement to lapse


UN human rights experts condemn DuPont and Chemours


PFAS discharges from US plant denied community access to safe water, UN advisors assert

Brain drain

Estimates suggest at least 2500 scientists have left Russia since the beginning of the war


Analysis of Orcid database finds Russian scientists are now leaving for universities in Central Asia, Israel and the UAE

2015 Syria attack

Chemical weapons watchdog concludes Islamic State used mustard gas in 2015 attack in Syria


Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons concludes six artillery shells contained the chemical agent

Radioactive sign

Big deals confirm renewed interest in radiopharmaceuticals


Acquisitions of RayzeBio and Point Biopharma highlight the potential of targeting radioactivity directly to tumour cells

War torn laboratory

Science community must become more resilient to global crises, says report


International Science Council urges proactive approach to protecting research

Se8 rings

Debate surrounding amorphous selenium’s structure rumbles on


New evidence suggests that amorphous selenium forms eight-membered rings, but some researchers believe the results are inconclusive

Interlocked cogs

First example of communication in coupled molecular motors


A molecular motor that mimics macroscopic gears to convey complex and controlled functionalities


Boron cluster family breaks electron counting rules


Rare structures have unusual deltahedral shapes

Mersey River

Mass of PFAS flowing from River Mersey to the sea among highest in the world, study suggests


Analysis provides the most accurate estimate of PFAS transport in a European river system


Machine learning could ‘change the paradigm’ for polaritonic chemistry


Model reveals influence of vibrational strong coupling during light-driven reaction

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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  • Biocatalysis Faraday Discussion

  • Myth busting: Chemists, the public and the media

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High entropy alloys

Marvellous mixtures of metals


High entropy alloys, with anywhere from five or more different metals, have unusual properties and could find use in a variety of high-tech applications. Clare Sansom reports

Cell reprogramming

Small molecules that switch up cell development could transform medicine


Turning mature somatic cells back into flexible stem cells using small molecules could revolutionise medicine, especially for regeneration and cancer. Philip Ball reports

Different aspects of romantic love

The chemistry of love


There’s chemistry behind every step of a romantic relationship, from the initial spark to the pain of break up, as Zahra Khan discovers

Z- and B-DNA

More than a mirror-image: left-handed nucleic acids


Now a biological reality, researchers are starting to figure out the many roles of left-handed nucleic acids such as Z-DNA – from immunity to controlling our genetics. Rachel Brazil reports 

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  • Investigating the behaviour of water at material interfaces