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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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Explainer: The science of Covid-19 testing


Rapidly-deployed methods are saving lives and easing minds

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Scrambling and gambling to scale up Covid-19 medicines


Organisations work towards making billions of doses of products not yet proven to work

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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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Roadmap plans route out of pandemic purgatory for UK research


Ambition applauded by science community but researchers yet to be sold on its substance

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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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Light-harvesting wheel reinvented by chemists copying bacterium


Synthetic mimic of complex at the heart of photosynthesis offers new ways to capture solar energy

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Excited state potential energy curves reignite diatomic carbon’s bond order conundrum


Molecular orbital theory-based approach backs quadrupole bond

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New bond discovered among spodium elements zinc, cadmium and mercury


Group 12 joins the σ-hole interaction family with spodium bonds

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Building a better chemistry culture

  • Managing isolation – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Flexible working – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Kindness – Building a better chemistry culture

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