In profile

  • Robert Mokaya: ‘I have been lucky to open a lot of doors’

  • Jacqueline Barton: ‘I want to focus on the good stuff’

  • Carolyn Bertozzi: ‘Shooting hoops is very meditative’

  • Susan Solomon: ‘We had to literally stand out on the roof’

  • Supawan Tantayanon: ‘I designed my own portable lab’

  • Najat Saliba: ‘The Beirut explosion is a crime like no other’

  • Zafra Lerman: ‘I used art, music, dance, drama, poetry, animation, anything’

  • Mohammad Seyedsayamdost: ‘I ended up being a lab lifer’

  • James Clark: ‘I hate waste in any sense’

  • Arlene Blum: ‘Our summit is reduced toxics’

Harriet Brooks

Forgotten women in chemistry

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There’s much more to do to fully understand and celebrate the historical contributions of female chemists

Betty Harris

Betty Wright Harris’s explosive career


Hayley Bennett tells the story of a Black chemist who studied energetic materials – and ways to detect them

Empty wallet

PhD students don’t need second jobs – they need paying above minimum wage


Recommended minimum stipends for UK-based PhDs failed to match inflation since 2005, exacerbating the current cost-of-living crisis

Collage of images of people having interviews

Making interviews and workplaces fully accessible

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Exploring the support available to disabled jobseekers and their employers 

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Design of experiments

Quizzes and resources to help you to become better at designing experiments. Created in partnership with JMP

Power imbalance

It’s time to ban staff–student relationships

A policy of discouragement doesn’t go far enough towards tackling sexual misconduct

A photo of four small poppers bottles. Their colourful plastic wrappers advertise them as room odourisers or aroma with brand names such as Liquid Gold, Bolt and Purple Haze

Explainer: The science of alkyl nitrites aka poppers

From their origins as 19th century angina treatment to becoming an important part of gay subculture, these recreational drugs exist in a legal limbo

the periodic table

Apparent plagiarism leads Elsevier to retract periodic table book

Chemist contacted by suspicious Wikipedia editor finds that large sections were lifted from online encyclopaedia 

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Letters: July 2022

Readers call for international cooperation, near-miss reporting and less emphasis on deriving equations


China grapples with lab safety following huge growth in student numbers

Study exposes serious incidents and deaths at universities

Supawan Tantayanon

Supawan Tantayanon: ‘I designed my own portable lab’

The green chemistry pioneer on making labs safer, designing a portable lab and her unusual way of cooking