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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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The future of ‘next generation’ DNA sequencing


As it gets cheaper and easier to read genetic code, its applications are expanding rapidly

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Science and research ‘are dead’ in Afghanistan


Afghan researchers and scholars flee or go into hiding as the Taliban’s return to power sees the science academy and universities closed

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Trilateral agreement reached on funding neutron research centre for another decade


The UK, France and Germany will provide support for the Institut Laue-Langevin, the world’s most intense neutron source

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India pushes renewables and green hydrogen


Prime minister Modi wants country to be energy independent by 2047 and become a global hydrogen hub

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Chemours under fire for trying to exempt fluorochemicals from EU regulation


European Court of Justice will rule on whether GenX chemicals should be listed as substances of very high concern

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Fully synthetic proteins make tailored medicines


Bright Peak Therapeutics makes modified protein drugs from scratch

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UKRI response to Black female academics on funding decisions called inadequate


Pledge to improve understanding and monitoring of inequality comes a year after open letter was first published

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Liquid crystals under pressure create squid-like camouflage


Pneumatic membranes trigger full-spectrum colour shifting on demand

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Method to make unusual oligonucleotides could be a boon for gene therapy drugs


Synthesis can insert unusual linkages into DNA molecules while rivalling industry standard chemistry in speed and efficiency

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‘Self-inflating’ synthetic cells can capture, store and release cargo


Entirely artificial system can use chemical energy to ‘swallow’ payloads like bacteria

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Giant molecular cage protects plastic-eating enzyme


Caged protein withstands temperatures much hotter than its usual melting point and becomes 1000 times more resistant to solvents

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Sunlight transforms plastic into tens of thousands of new compounds


Marine plastics don’t persist forever, sun exposure can break them down into extremely complex chemical compounds in just weeks

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Is chemical recycling of plastics the future?

  • Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Should we design biodegradable plastics?

  • Progressive plastics webinars

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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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

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How a virus ancestor powers our memory’s chemistry


Andy Extance tells the astonishing story of the Arc protein and its capsid forms, and the questions it poses

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How the power of smell could identify new medical tests


Diagnosis by odour is nothing to be sniffed at, finds Ian Le Guillou

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The search for the grand unification of aromaticity


Researchers have been trying to find a full definition of aromaticity for almost two centuries, and yet keep discovering new types

  • Harness the power of electricity to make organic compounds

  • Digitalisation and the future of formulating in modern R&D labs

  • Automated capsule chemistry with Synple: do more, faster

  • Find robust operating points using JMP’s Simulation Experiment tool