How Crispr went from niche to Nobel

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Katrina Kramer tells the story of how Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna developed the gene editing tool that won them the 2020 Nobel prize in chemistry

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Using ions to connect life to machines

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Ionotronic materials are beginning to show how life’s signals can be aligned with electronics. James Urquhart speaks to the scientists who are exploring the emerging frontier

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Ammonia synthesis goes electric

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James Mitchell Crow finds that the outlook for renewables-powered electrochemical ammonia production is beginning to brighten

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The complex chemistry of fire

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Despite its ubiquity in human life, chemists have still barely unlocked what’s happening amid the flames. Kit Chapman reports

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Supporting the chemistry community

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The Chemists’ Community Fund – formerly the Benevolent Fund – has been helping people for 100 years. Rachel Brazil looks at how it works, now it may be more needed than ever before

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Plastic recycling heading for the mainstream

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Nina Notman talks to some of the companies launching chemical recycling technologies for single-use plastics

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The weirdness of water

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Can we explain the strange properties of water by thinking of it as two different liquids? Rachel Brazil dives into the ongoing debate

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Sustainable lab buildings

2020-03-09T09:57:00+00:00By

After a decade of grassroots growth, the laboratory sustainability movement is bursting into the mainstream finds James Mitchell Crow

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Recycling clothing the chemical way

2020-01-27T09:46:00+00:00By

Nina Notman explores how chemistry is poised to close the loop in clothing recycling

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Polly Arnold’s diversity of interests

2020-01-13T09:45:00+00:00By

Kit Chapman asks the champion of actinide chemistry and diversity in science what comes next as she starts her new role at a US national lab

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The chemistry of a curry

2019-12-09T09:16:00+00:00By

Can chemistry help Nina Notman make a better curry?

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The lithium pioneers

2019-10-17T09:31:00+01:00By

Katrina Krämer traces the full story of how lithium-ion batteries won the 2019 Nobel prize

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A persistent perfluorinated problem

2019-08-27T09:29:00+01:00By

PFASs were used in household and industrial products for decades before their harmful health effects and biopersistence came to light. Rebecca Trager investigates a messy situation

The forgotten female crystallographer who discovered C–H⋯O bonds

2019-07-08T09:06:00+01:00By

Andy Extance tells the overlooked story of crystallographer June Sutor, whose C–H⋯O bonding hypothesis was unjustly suppressed

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Primo Levi and the other periodic table

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Author and chemist Primo Levi was born 100 years ago this July. Philip Ball looks at his chemical and literary legacy – including his books The Periodic Table and If This Is a Man

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Victor Ninov and the element that never was

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 20 years on, Kit Chapman investigates how a scientific scandal unfolded

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Accessible science education

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Nina Notman hears from some of the leading lights in the quest to make chemistry education accessible to all

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Superhydrophobic materials from nature

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Chemists who want to make materials that repel water but do not contain fluorocarbons are taking their inspiration from nature, Rachel Brazil finds

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The art of the periodic table

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The venerable chart of elements has inspired and entertained in its first 150 years. Hayley Bennett looks at some of its weird, wacky – and wise – incarnations

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Perovskites beyond solar cells

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From solar cells and LEDs to catalysts and quantum computing, James Mitchell Crow asks if there is anything perovskites can’t do