Marvellous mixtures of metals


High entropy alloys, with anywhere from five or more different metals, have unusual properties and could find use in a variety of high-tech applications. Clare Sansom reports

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The chemistry of love


There’s chemistry behind every step of a romantic relationship, from the initial spark to the pain of break up, as Zahra Khan discovers

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An alternative approach to baking


As more people want ingredients ‘free-from’ existing staples, Victoria Atkinson looks at the science behind substitutes for gluten, eggs and gelatine

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2023 Nobel winners

The quantum dot story


Julia Robinson explains how quantum dots went from a theoretical prediction to everyday reality and earned Alexei Ekimov, Louis Brus and Moungi Bawendi the 2023 Nobel prize in chemistry

Face formed out of 4 different faces

Using DNA evidence to picture suspects


Forensic DNA phenotyping predicts people’s appearance and reveals their ancestry, finds Andy Extance, but has some significant challenges to overcome


The drug developers fighting the antibiotic resistance problem


Andy Extance talks to the researchers innovating across different drug classes in the hunt to develop new treatments 

Droplets of liquid mercury

The liquid metals giving catalysis a new phase


They’re not like solid metals or like other liquids, but scientists are starting to understand and exploit them. James Mitchell Crow reports


Fixing nitrogen fixing


Green ammonia promises a more sustainable future. Jamie Durrani talks to the researchers aiming to revolutionise the production of crucial fertiliser

Making the moon home

The race to build a base on the moon


Nina Notman talks to scientists helping to return humans to the moon – for good this time

Battery research

Building better batteries


The next generation of battery technologies might pack significantly more power into the electric cars and mobile devices of the future. James Mitchell Crow reports

Skeletal editing

Editing the structure of molecules


Nina Notman meets the chemists expanding the toolbox of reactions capable of adding, deleting and switching single atoms in rings at the heart of organic molecules

Wood texture

The wonderful wizards of wood


Clever chemistry can turn humble timber into a sustainable material with many uses, Kit Chapman finds

Robot synthesis

The robots revolutionising chemistry


Researchers working with automated systems are pushing the boundaries of what chemists can achieve in the lab, reports James Mitchell Crow

The diamond synthesisers


Nina Notman takes a whistle-stop tour of the synthetic diamond industry and learns about some of the applications its lab-grown diamonds are being used for

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Unravelling the secrets of Ancient Egyptian chemistry

Unwrapping ancient Egyptian chemistry


From mummification to metallurgy, Rachel Brazil looks at the impressive chemistry used by this ancient civilisation

Nobel prize chemistry

How click conquered chemistry


Katrina Krämer tells the story of how click and bioorthogonal chemistry came to win the 2022 Nobel prize

House with covid particles coming out of the windows

Can we clean Covid from the air around us?


Nina Notman talks to the experts about what is needed to remove pollutants and even infectious diseases from the air inside our homes, schools and offices

Hands holding ornamental plants

The plant trade’s scientific secrets


Growers are using advanced techniques to mass-produce the next trendy houseplant. But Katrina Krämer finds that collectors’ demand for new varieties has also opened the door to deception and fraud


A lightning burst of chemistry


Trying to understand the chemistry that occurs around immensely powerful but short-lived lightning bolts is a feat in itself. James Mitchell Crow looks for a flash of inspiration

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Using genetics to personalise prescriptions


We’ve known for a long time that different people respond to certain drugs to very different extents, but now cheap DNA testing could make these disparities a thing of the past, as Ian Le Guillou reports