In profile

  • Ewine van Dishoeck: ‘Take a steep trajectory early in your career’

  • Molly Stevens: ‘Our society is tremendously unequal’

  • Varinder Aggarwal: You should see my downward dog now!

  • Vivian Yam: ‘Teaching and research go hand in hand’

  • Prasanna de Silva: ‘Kindness plays a key role in academia’

  • Eugenia Kumacheva: ‘My poetry is in my research proposals’

  • Bert Meijer: ‘I'm in love with molecules’

  • Thomas Hartung: ‘I am not a funny guy’

  • Kelly Chibale: ‘No leader should be feared’

  • Allen Bard: ‘What I really couldn’t stand was the segregation’

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Sought-after chemist turns down job over tenure case

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UNC Chapel Hill chemistry faculty warn that the university’s failure to hire renowned black journalist with tenure has ‘dire’ recruitment repercussions

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Plans to leave academia can add value to research

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Incorporating your interests can introduce new directions to your projects

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Uncovering new transformations by using electricity as a reagent

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Song Lin explains the power of electrochemistry and how he fosters an inclusive environment for his research group

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Ida Noddack and the trouble with element 43

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The German chemist discovered one element and may have been the first to suggest nuclear fission – but her legacy is troubled, as Rachel Brazil discovers

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Design of experiments

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

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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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What’s the secret science of conspiracy theories?

Conspiracies can tell us a lot about science and society

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Why do people believe conspiracy theories?

Rachel Brazil looks into the dangerous world of chemical conspiracy theories and asks the experts what we can do about it

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Letters: June 2021

Readers discuss pesticides, catalysts and how to dispose of chemicals with a rifle

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Sustainable safety testing

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Unilever has been researching and applying alternatives to animal testing, and working with industry, academia, government scientists and NGOs to usher in a new era of sustainable safety testing that isn’t reliant on animal models.

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Why do people believe conspiracy theories?

Rachel Brazil looks into the dangerous world of chemical conspiracy theories and asks the experts what we can do about it