Before becoming a full-time science writer, Andy Extance worked for six and a half years in early-stage drug discovery research, followed by brief stint in silicone adhesive and rubber manufacturing.
However, when he had his first feature – on a cause of common heart-related problems in new drug candidates – published in Chemistry World in 2004, the course of his career shifted. After working as news editor for Compound Semiconductor magazine, he went freelance in 2009. Today Andy’s science writing explores everything related to chemistry, from Earth’s environment to space, from food to fusion, and from solar cells to how we smell.
Theoretical study suggests atomic mimicry could reshape spectroscopy, information processing – and even chemical reactivity
Three new UK partnerships illustrate drug research co-operation approaches that are growing in popularity
Thionyl tetrafluoride-based ‘sleeping beauties’ enable click chemistry in a tetrahedral shape
Harnessing nitrogenase enzyme makes key fertiliser material while generating electricity
Three second alkylation happens in air without cooling – or bursting into flames
Rational design creates cycle that’s faster than the natural carbon-fixing process used by plants