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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

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Luxury blue paint pigment catalyses its own ‘disease’


Discovery could help preserve Renaissance masterpieces 

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Oil price crash ripples through chemicals production


Fuel production slowdown will favour more flexible refiners as demand for petrochemicals is stable or increasing

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Nobel laureates lead revolt after US–China coronavirus grant cancellation


Nearly 80 US Nobel laureates and 30 scientific organisations criticise sudden termination of joint research with Wuhan Institute of Virology

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UK project aims to cut the cost of producing clean, green hydrogen


Goal is to drive down price of hydrogen made by splitting water using renewable energy

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How Covid-19 is changing drug manufacturing


Catalent is adapting, focusing on employee safety and supply chain security

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Vaccine manufacturing centre to be rushed into service a year early by UK government


Injection of new funding will mean centre opens in 2021 as licensing deal also agreed to boost vaccine capabilities

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Another US researcher arrested for failing to disclose Chinese funding


Scientist who worked at the Cleveland Clinic for over 20 years was allegedly also secretly serving as a dean at a Chinese university

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First natural Diels–Alder enzyme discovered in mulberry tree


Enzyme beats most synthetic catalysts when it comes to enantioselective intermolecular [4+2] cycloadditions

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Algorithm tracks down buried treasure among existing compounds


Tool tested by picking photoactive molecules out of a pharma database

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Wriggling worms help explain how certain polymers move and flow


Experiments with live worms may shed light on mysterious biological processes governed by the behavior of tiny moving filaments

Focusing, sorting and separating microplastics by serial faradaic ion concentration polarisation

Electrochemistry steers microplastics management in the right direction


Microchannel with strategically placed wires sorts plastic particles according to type

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Database offers another way to search for drugs – by activity not structure


Dataset offers new way for biomedical researchers to identify potential drug candidates

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Drugging the gut microbiome


Treating the bacteria that live inside us can improve our own health. Clare Sansom meets our tiny friends

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Do asteroids hold the key to life on Earth?


A series of missions are set to reveal the hidden secrets of the asteroids. Nina Notman explores the science of space rocks

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The plastic sorting challenge


Before we can recycle many plastics, they must be sorted into separate streams. Angeli Mehta finds out how 

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The plastics problem

By Chemistry World

How chemistry is providing solutions to the issue of plastic waste

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