Grails index on white social

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

An illustration overlaying a globe, a syringe, a scientist and a family

Covid-19 vaccine deals risk skewing supply

By

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

A photo of three perfume bottles

Human chemical communication

By

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

A photo of men in hard hats and overalls checking barrels of chemicals

Environmental groups propose tax on basic chemical manufacturing

2020-09-29T14:28:00+01:00

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

A photo of an earthworm on some soil

Ig Nobels feature knives created from human poo and vibrating worms

2020-09-21T13:21:00+01:00

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

A photo of the top of a US Visa in a passoport

US revokes over 1000 visas of Chinese students and researchers

2020-09-18T13:30:00+01:00

Academic and science groups concerned by cancellations

A photo showing the flags of the countries in the EU

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

2020-09-17T13:30:00+01:00

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

A photo of a hand in a latex glove taking a vial from a rack

Protein-based Covid-19 vaccines could overshadow rivals

2020-09-17T13:27:00+01:00

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

An image showing the making of a Nobel medal

Chemistry Nobel predictions range from organometallic chemistry to DNA synthesis

2020-09-29T09:37:00+01:00

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

A photograph showing Jose Flroes-Livas in his office

Searching for superconductors with supercomputers

2020-09-28T13:45:00+01:00

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

An illustration showing a battery

Solar cell concept used to enhance nuclear battery

2020-09-25T09:49:00+01:00

New device uses a ruthenium dye to absorb beta radiation

An image showing vials of Na-OMe and NaOEt

Carbon bond formation reproducibility runs into reagent stability problem

2020-09-24T08:30:00+01:00

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

A diagram of a seven-pointed star-shaped molecule

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

2020-09-23T09:18:00+01:00

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

An illustration of a wave with a phi symbol

Quantum control

By

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

An illustration of unwinding DNA

Unnatural selection in chemical systems

By

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

An illustration of a C-H bond

Homogeneous C–H activation

By

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

An illustration of a leaf in a test tube

Artificial photosynthesis: solar water splitting

By

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

  • Unleash the power of your data: trends & insights

  • Developing small-molecule degraders using chemoproteomics

  • Turn chemical drawings into knowledge with ChemDraw & ChemOffice+ Cloud v20