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Why AlphaFold won’t revolutionise drug discovery


Protein structure prediction is a hard problem, but even harder ones remain


Software from Cambridge crystallographic experts could save pharma industry millions

By Helen Albert

Informatic tools will help drug formulators understand particle behaviour in their final product

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Robert Mokaya: ‘I have been lucky to open a lot of doors’


The innovative materials chemist on a love of making things and opening doors for others

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Parenting takes a heavy toll on the careers of female academics in North America


Women more likely to report that caring for children has hurt their career than men

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Explainer: The chemistry that keeps swimming pools clean and safe


How disinfectant chemicals protect us when we’re having a dip

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UK Reach costs stretch higher for industry


Government assessment suggests deadlines will be delayed and companies will pay billions for compliance data

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Red tape report recommends simple, quick two-stage grant application process


Review by Birmingham vice-chancellor Adam Tickell calls for UK government, funders and universities to cut duplication and improve coordination

A digital protein structure

AlphaFold has predicted the structures of almost every known protein


Google offshoot DeepMind has released more than 200 million predicted 3D structures, covering nearly the entire protein universe

Fabric dyes

Electrochemical ‘game-changer’ could make aniline production greener


Sustainable production of important feedstock for dyes, drugs and herbicides is scalable


Teixobactin’s two pronged antibiotic attack mechanism revealed


Understanding of formation of deadly supramolecular structures could help build improved antimicrobials

POT experiment

Visualising sigma orbitals opens path to new understanding of surface chemistry


Photoemisssion orbital tomography extended beyond pi orbitals

Lu Su

Unique phenomenon discovered as gel shifts to a liquid, then back to a gel and back again


Discovery could offer insight into unusual natural events

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Metallic deuterium made at pressures rivalling those found at the centre of a planet


Synthesis could aid study of high-pressure superconductors

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Belonging and connection – Building a better chemistry culture

  • How polluting is plastic?

  • Is chemical recycling of plastics the future?

  • Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Betty Wright Harris’s explosive career

  • Masataka Ogawa and the search for nipponium

  • Elizabeth Fulhame, the 18th century chemistry pioneer who faded from history

  • William Knox, the only Black supervisor in the Manhattan Project

  • Margaret Melhase Fuchs and the radioactive isotope

  • PC Ray: A genius chemist who dreamed of a modern India

  • Jim West’s marvellous microphone

  • Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier the invisible assistant

  • June Lindsey, another forgotten woman in the story of DNA

  • James LuValle, a chemist who broke the colour barrier


DNA research

How a murder and a bombing cleaned up DNA profiling


The UK pioneered a forensic process to identify suspects from tiny amounts of DNA, but occasional flaws had big consequences. Andy Extance pieces together the whole story for the first time


A lightning burst of chemistry


Trying to understand the chemistry that occurs around immensely powerful but short-lived lightning bolts is a feat in itself. James Mitchell Crow looks for a flash of inspiration

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A material future for fusion?


Nuclear fusion has been a dream for decades. Kit Chapman finds out about the latest developments that could help it fulfil its promise

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Using genetics to personalise prescriptions


We’ve known for a long time that different people respond to certain drugs to very different extents, but now cheap DNA testing could make these disparities a thing of the past, as Ian Le Guillou reports

  • Applications of modern Design of Experiments (DoE)