Chemistry in its Element: Compounds

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  • Tin cans
    Podcast

    Tin chlorides

    29 November 2018

    The compounds that put the 'tin' in tin cans and help you to reflect on your appearance

  • Chopping onions on a wooden board with a ceramic knife
    Podcast

    Propanethial-S-oxide: how chopping onions makes you cry

    23 November 2018

    Kat Arney’s investigation of the pungent chemical in onions is enough to bring tears to your eyes

  • Coloured epoxy resin on wood
    Podcast

    Epoxies

    16 November 2018

    Epoxies – including hard-wearing resins and strong adhesives – can be found almost everywhere, from your household white goods to the Large Hadron Collider

  • Football hitting the back of the net
    Podcast

    Levulinic acid

    9 November 2018

    How one footballer's climate concerns led to the creation of a green chemistry company: the story of Mathieu Flamini, GFBiochemicals and levulinic acid.

  • Grapefruit
    Podcast

    Furanocoumarin

    2 November 2018

    Florence Schechter discovers how a seemingly healthy grapefruit-based breakfast could disrupt your daily drugs

  • Universal indicator paper
    Podcast

    Phenolphthalein

    25 October 2018

    Kat Arney gets to the bottom of the story of phenolphthalein – a chemical with two very different uses. If you've measured pH in a classroom or had some trouble in the bathroom, you may have met this compound before.

  • Resin drips from the Mastic tree
    Podcast

    Caryophyllene

    19 October 2018

    A biologically active compound from the biblical balm of Gilead, said to ‘heal the sin-sick soul’ and mentioned at the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

  • Algae bloom in Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC
    Podcast

    Anatoxin-a

    12 October 2018

    The compound formerly known by the no-nonsense name 'very fast death factor'

  • Colchicum autumnale flowers
    Podcast

    Colchicine

    5 October 2018

    An ancient, but effective, remedy for painful attacks of gout

  • A Bandari woman showing her hands with indigo traces after sewing a traditional burqa mask
    Podcast

    Indigo

    28 September 2018

    The rise and fall of the Indian indigo industry is just one part of this pigment's colourful history