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mRNA vaccines for Covid and beyond


Already hailed as a miracle, the new vaccine technology could protect us from other diseases, Clare Sansom finds

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Net zero strategy sets sights on slashing UK industry’s emissions by 2035


Carbon capture and storage, nuclear and hydrogen will all play a part in making industry greener

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How organocatalysis won the Nobel prize


Jamie Durrani tells the story of how two young upstarts, Ben List and David MacMillan, created a whole new field of catalysis

Nobel prizes 2021

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New J&J subsidiary to absorb talc lawsuit liabilities


Firm aims to use bankruptcy protection and a $2bn trust to resolve thousands of cancer claims

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Long-anticipated plan to regulate PFAS chemicals unveiled in US


Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances face enforceable drinking water limits and require toxicity tests by industry

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Bees face a barrage of chemical and environmental burdens


Better understanding of the combined effects of multiple stress factors could help reduce pollinator decline

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Families sue LyondellBasell over fatal chemicals leak


Incident at acetic acid plant in La Porte, US, killed two workers in July

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New analysis puts more accurate figure on size of last year’s Beirut blast


August 2020 explosion in Lebanon’s capital city had an explosive force of around a kiloton of TNT

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Polymerisation used to synthesise 2D material inside living cells


Sheets are larger than those cells can take up and the technique could find uses in imaging

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Meltable MOF glass made with ionic liquid


New family of glassy porous materials can be melted and moulded into any shape

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Possible dinosaur DNA discovered in 125-million-year-old fossil


But that doesn’t mean we can clone extinct species Jurassic Park-style

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First fundamentally new form of adsorption for more than 90 years driven by molecular machines


Unlike physisorption and chemisorption, the newly discovered ‘mechanisorption’ is an active process that can store energy or chemicals

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Cooking oils work as solvents for metal-catalysed reactions


Suzuki–Miyaura, Hiyama, Stille, Sonogashira and Heck cross-couplings shown to proceed with quantitative yields in certain vegetable oils, fish oil, butter and waxes

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • How polluting is plastic?

  • Is chemical recycling of plastics the future?

  • Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Should we design biodegradable plastics?

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • The lifesaving work of Evelyn Hickmans

  • Clara Immerwahr – out of her husband’s shadow

  • Kathleen Culhane Lathbury – an industrial pioneer

  • Mabel FitzGerald and the mystery of oxygen sensing

  • Polly Porter, crystallography pioneer

  • Mary Sherman Morgan: The best kept secret in the space race

  • Julia Lermontova: an early pioneer

  • Margarita Salas: the marquesa of molecular biology

  • Sylvia Stoesser – the first female chemist at Dow

  • Martin Gouterman: the gay man behind the four-orbital model


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Four years of chemistry preprints


Nina Notman takes stock of how preprint severs have settled into the chemistry community

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What’s wrong with research culture?


A knotty mess of problems affects people doing academic research in the UK. Rachel Brazil tries to untie the tangle

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The name’s bond, chemical bond

By Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn Harkup explores the poisons – real and fictional – used in Bond films

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Experimenting in a pandemic


Chemistry teachers have faced extraordinary challenges in preparing and running practicals in the past 18 months. Clare Sansom investigates how they have fared

  • Sublime precursors: how modelling organometallics at surfaces drives innovation in materials processing

  • Smarter experimentation for engineers and scientists

  • Unlock the potential of definitive screening designs to drive your projects forward

  • Optimising battery performance through materials characterisation

  • Optimising protein stability using new computational design approaches for biologics

  • Taking chemistry to market