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Holy grails

A quarter of a century of progress in the 'grand challenges for chemistry' – observing the transition state, artificial photosynthesis, room-temperature superconductors, manipulating atomic matter, artificial enzymes, C–H bond activation, quantum control of reactions and unnatural selection of replicating molecules

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Covid-19 vaccine deals risk skewing supply


International accords including Covax aiming to ensure equitable distribution to poorer countries

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Human chemical communication


Nina Notman sniffs out the evidence for human pheromones and chemical cues

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Environmental groups propose tax on basic chemical manufacturing


A coordinated 0.5% fee on chemical feedstocks could generate $11.5bn to fund chemicals and waste management globally

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Ig Nobels feature knives created from human poo and vibrating worms


2020 Ig Nobel prizes went to teams that proved knives made of faeces fail, vibrating worms are interesting and hating chewing noises is a disorder

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US revokes over 1000 visas of Chinese students and researchers


Academic and science groups concerned by cancellations

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Drastic cuts to Europe’s research programme prompts outcry from scientists


Open letter from leading scientists warns of declining innovation and a brain drain

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Protein-based Covid-19 vaccines could overshadow rivals


Although slower to develop, protein-based vaccines are well understood with a strong record of safety and effectiveness

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Chemistry Nobel predictions range from organometallic chemistry to DNA synthesis


Crispr is favoured by chemists while publication analysis forecasts winners working on nanocrystals, organometallic chemistry and supramolecular self-assembly 

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Searching for superconductors with supercomputers


What if most materials are superconductors under the right conditions, wonders José Flores-Livas

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Solar cell concept used to enhance nuclear battery


New device uses a ruthenium dye to absorb beta radiation

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Carbon bond formation reproducibility runs into reagent stability problem


Solid sodium alkoxides react with carbon dioxide and can hamper performance – but sometimes improve it

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Baird’s rule of aromaticity extended to all-metal systems


Aromaticity concept can help scientists understand the properties of metal clusters

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Trust in peer review

  • Change, uncertainty and resilience – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Tackling bullying and harassment – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Welcoming a new era: A time for digital scientific discovery

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Stefanie Horovitz – the woman behind the isotope

  • Marguerite Perey and the last element in nature

  • Ghanaian biochemistry TV star Marian Addy

  • 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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Quantum control


The revolutionary idea of using light as a reagent in reactions has arrived

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Unnatural selection in chemical systems


Great strides have been made in the lab with chemical systems that ape life’s behaviour

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Homogeneous C–H activation


In the final instalment of our grails series we look at how picking and choosing which bond to target holds the promise of transforming organic molecules at will

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Artificial photosynthesis: solar water splitting


The chemistry to mimic ones of nature’s greatest feats still has some hurdles to overcome

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