Hexasilabenzene chemical structure over an alien landscape



Brian Clegg discovers what a six-membered silicon ring can tell us about alien life

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Your new labmate does 700 reactions in eight days – and it’s a robot


Robotic chemist optimises water-splitting photocatalyst by working continuously for eight days even in complete darkness

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Explainer: The science of Covid-19 testing


Rapidly-deployed methods are saving lives and easing minds

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Atmospheric water harvesting


With drought threatening many parts of the world, Nina Notman explores technologies for sucking water out of thin air

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Suit of iron turns sperm cells into spermbots


Researchers have created microrobots that swim under the influence of a magnetic field, by coating sperm cells with iron nanoparticles. The spermbots could one day be used to deliver drugs to hard-to-reach areas in the body.

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US environmental body ditches ban on grantees on advisory panels


After several legal defeats, the EPA has backed down on controversial policy

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Ineos to buy BP petrochemicals businesses for $5bn


Deal covers 14 acetyls and aromatics manufacturing plants and 10 joint ventures

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Bayer commits over $10bn to resolve legacy Monsanto lawsuits


Agreement settles about 75% of Roundup-related cases and resolves PCB and dicamba litigation

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EU science programme will be hurt by Brexit but will survive


Network analysis suggests excellent science pillar of Horizon framework will be hardest hit 

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Solar powered chemical photoswitches can scavenge heat


Flipping between isomers allows harvesting and storage of ambient heat for months

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Photo-rechargeable zinc-ion devices merge solar cell and battery tech


A low cost and stable battery that can recharge itself in sunlight could help make energy more accessible in developing rural areas

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Catalyst takes its time to deliver both enantiomers in one pot synthesis


Discovery could enable access to both enantiomers of a drug in a single synthesis

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Photocatalysis in flow makes carbon bonds from nearly inert natural gases


C–H activating methane, ethane and propane in a flow reactor shows that it’s possible to use gaseous hydrocarbons as reagents in organic synthesis

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How the products of fire control the formation of snow


Nadine Borduas-Dedekind brings an organic chemist’s arrow-pushing insight to reactions in the atmosphere

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Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Barbara Low, penicillin and the protein pi helix

  • Alice Ball’s treatment for leprosy

  • Eunice Foote: the mother of climate change

  • Jimmy Robinson and the atom bomb elements

  • The indomitable Toshiko Mayeda

  • Theodora Greene’s protecting groups

  • Ellie Knaggs and tetrahedral carbon

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Metalloenzyme mastery


There are natural metalloenzymes that make difficult chemistry look easy. James Mitchell Crow talks to the bioinorganic chemists figuring out how to copy them

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Clearing the air


Nina Notman explores the role technology can play in cleaning pollutants out of air before we breathe them in

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The difficulties of drugging our brains


Following the withdrawal of many large pharma companies from central nervous system research, Andy Extance finds new drug development patterns are emerging 

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Supporting the chemistry community


The Chemists’ Community Fund – formerly the Benevolent Fund – has been helping people for 100 years. Rachel Brazil looks at how it works, now it may be more needed than ever before

  • Managing isolation – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Synthia – Retrosynthesis software for the chemical industry

  • WL Gore: Optimising production processes with Design of Experiments