Chemistry in its Element: Compounds

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  • Zircon jewellery on a white background
    Podcast

    Zircon

    12 July 2019

    The versatile gemstones that give scientists insights into the chemistry of the early Earth, introduced by Brian Clegg

  • Surgeons with anaesthetic gas mask
    Podcast

    Cyclopropane

    5 July 2019

    Chemistry’s tastiest bonds for an explosive anaesthetic that was as useful as it was dangerous

  • Several pills of MDMA (Extasy) on white table
    Podcast

    2C psychedelics

    28 June 2019

    A class of hallucinogenic phenethylamines, explored by the 'godfather of psychedelics' Alexander Shulgin and sadly implicated in a tragedy at a 2017 music festival

  • Scientist working with blood sample in a laboratory
    Podcast

    Azidothymidine

    21 June 2019

    The first drug approved in the US to treat Aids required a completely new approach to clinical trials – Frances Addison explores the history of azidothymidine

  • Photographic dark room in red light
    Podcast

    Silver iodide

    14 June 2019

    How the compound that ushered in a photographic revolution has taken to the skies to try to control the weather

  • Grey long-eared bat (Plecotus austriacus)
    Podcast

    Amantadine

    7 June 2019

    Katrina Krämer investigates how one of the smallest small molecule drugs around saved Jeanna Giese's life

  • Chanel N°5 perfume
    Podcast

    Indole

    31 May 2019

    Kat Arney investigates a potent chemical that might explain the brain-bending powers of bacteria

  • amber resin tree sap
    Podcast

    Amber

    23 May 2019

    Mike Freemantle introduces amber – the valuable organic gemstone that invests unwary insects in a durable tomb

  • Computer chip
    Podcast

    Beryllium oxide

    17 May 2019

    Brian Clegg examines the duality that makes beryllium oxide so valuable to the electronics industry

  • Children in classroom
    Podcast

    Methylphenidate (Ritalin)

    10 May 2019

    Jamie Durrani diverts his attention to the rise of Ritalin, a drug first identified as a way of improving tennis performance