The lithium pioneers

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

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A persistent perfluorinated problem

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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

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

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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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Perovskites beyond solar cells

2019-02-18T11:50:00+00:00By

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

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Can we live forever?

2019-01-28T09:58:00+00:00By

We are now living longer than ever before, but not always in perfect health. Anthony King talks to the researchers working to extend our healthspan

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What is an element?

2019-01-10T09:26:00+00:00By

Our understanding of what an element is has evolved over the years, but it’s still a tricky concept to nail down. Philip Ball investigates

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The father of the periodic table

2019-01-02T09:26:00+00:00By

Mike Sutton looks at how Mendeleev’s patience revealed periodicity in the elements

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A taste of wine chemistry

2018-11-27T13:24:00+00:00By

Nina Notman talks to the wine detectives uncovering the flavour molecules in our favourite tipples

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The marvellous Maillard reaction

2018-11-19T09:21:00+00:00By

Andy Extance looks at the culinary reaction cascade that goes beyond Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner and has worrying links to health

How chemical evolution took the 2018 chemistry Nobel prize

2018-10-12T13:19:00+01:00By

Emma Stoye has the full story of how Frances Arnold, George Smith and Greg Winter put evolution to work in the lab

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Are the Nobel prizes good for science?

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Philip Ball looks at whether prizes and awards help or hinder scientific progress

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The nuclear option

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Using radioisotopes to image inside patients’ bodies – nuclear medicine – is under threat from ageing reactors. James Mitchell Crow discovers the new science trying to fix the problem

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From folklore to pharmacy

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Although many drugs have in the past come from plants, Hayley Bennett discovers that it’s hard work getting them approved today 

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Hydrogen: still the fuel of the future?

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Is the dream of a hydrogen-fuelled future still a pipe dream, or is it in the pipeline? Angeli Mehta investigates

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Forensics in crisis

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High-profile cases of scientific misconduct at forensics labs are upending the legal system and casting doubt on the wider field, Rebecca Trager finds

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Ethics in chemistry

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Nina Notman asks whether chemists should be giving more consideration to the ethics of their research