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Condenser

News

How can your lab cut water use in reflux reactions?

Practical advice builds on a new study comparing air-cooled condensers

Leo Szilard stands on the right, gestering towards a chalkboard with a piece of chalk in his hand

Opinion

Triggering a nuclear chain reaction

How Leo Szilard’s concept emerged from a rich interchange of ideas across disciplinary silos

Kerynia Liberty Ship

Research

Pioneering preservative removal from ancient Greek ship allows accurate dating

Extraction of polyethylene glycol from ship’s wood enables radiocarbon recalibration

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Careers

Slow progress reforming academia creates its own generation gap

Requirements from funders and hiring committees have a cultural influence

An older person sits inside a round-bottomed flask, while a younger person stands outside the flask holding a mallet, ready to break into the flask

Opinion

Closing the generation gap

Science can’t advance unless we communicate with each other

Careers

From baby boomers to gen Z, how do different generations approach chemistry?

Are differences in attitudes and training affecting science?

Opinion

Letters: July 2024

Readers discuss DDT, reveal new information about Humphry Davy and ponder how to deal with errors

Opinion

There’s more to alchemy than its mystical nature

It was crucial to the development of chemistry

Highlights

20 years portraits

20 years. 20 chemists. 20 stories.

How has chemistry changed in the last two decades?

1959 Barbie

Conserving Barbie from degradation

Although she is a cultural icon, conserving Barbie has its challenges: as with most plastic toys and dolls, she was not made to last. Rachel Brazil investigates how conservation scientists are approaching this sticky problem

Different aspects of romantic love

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

Iron blade

The archaeologists saving Africa’s ironworking heritage

The fires of traditional African iron smelters burned out a century ago and now the researchers dedicated to uncovering their stories are disappearing from the continent too, writes Hayley Bennett

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

Indian student

Indian scheme to provide 300 research grants for women

The announcement made by India’s science and technology minister aims to foster more cross-disciplinary research

Robert Mokaya

News

Next president of the Royal Society of Chemistry will be Robert Mokaya

University of Nottingham chemist will begin his tenure in 2026

Female scientists working in a lab

News

Gender equality report highlights progress and challenges for women in research

41% of the world’s researchers are female, but women are underrepresented as authors of papers and patents

Illustration showing brightly coloured people in silhouette

Webinar

LGBTQ+ in Stem: Using data to foster inclusion – Part 2

Join us on 18 July for the 2nd part of this series to learn about factors affecting attrition and retention of LGBTQ+ scientists

Opinion

Everyone belongs in the chemical sciences

Speaking up to make our workplaces more inclusive

Webinar

LGBTQ+ in Stem: Using data to foster inclusion – Part 1

Learn how UK and US institutions are working together to improve inclusivity in Stem

Opinion

Humphry Davy’s whole story – warts and all – deserves to be told

Offensive comments about other races and cultures are part of his legacy too

An illustrated portrait of Mary Sherman Morgan

Mary Sherman Morgan: The best kept secret in the space race

Anna Demming reveals the scientist who invented the fuel that powered the first US satellite into orbit, yet died with barely a trace on record of her achievements

An image showing a framed portrait of Martin Gouterman

Martin Gouterman: the gay man behind the four-orbital model

Abhik Ghosh tells the story of a porphyrin chemist who was a leading figure in Seattle’s gay rights movement of the 1960s

William Knox Jr

William Knox, the only Black supervisor in the Manhattan Project

The story of the Knox family is one of education overcoming adversity, finds Kit Chapman

Emmeline Edwards

Emmeline Edwards: ‘I connect the dots’

The Haitian-American neurochemist on her journey from Haiti to the US as a teenager, and her journey from chemistry to brain science

Gregory Robinson

Gregory Robinson: ‘We were members of the last generation to attend segregated schools’

The synthetic inorganic chemist on attending a segregated school in Alabama, balancing football and chemistry, and tennis as a muse

Catherine Ngila

Catherine Ngila: ‘I am very passionate about empowering my students’

The environmental chemist on adapting to different cultures and empowering others

A painting showing an alchemist pouring something from a large flask into a large jar in the middle of a cluttered room

Opinion

There’s more to alchemy than its mystical nature

It was crucial to the development of chemistry

The silhouette of a tree fills the left side of the image. On the right, a white raven flies across a grey sky. On the left is a tree

Opinion

The nuances of chemical confirmation

Supporting a hypothesis is more difficult than it might seem

Opinion

Taking a feminist standpoint on chemistry

How gender may influence scientific knowledge

Opinion

The rise of techno-science

Appreciating technology’s role in understanding how the world works

Opinion

Do bond classifications help or hinder chemistry?

Ionic, covalent, metallic and more… but there’s debate about whether bonds are real at all

Opinion

New scientific categories bring vitality

The history of vitamins shows that ‘kinds’ don’t have to exist in nature to drive scientific discoveries

Opinion

When did chemists start to believe in atoms?

Questioning the purpose of science

Humphry Davy and his notebooks

News

What Humphry Davy’s notebooks reveal about his life and work

Excerpts show different sides of chemist’s character

An oil painting of Sir Humphrey Davy, a well-dressed Regency gentleman at his desk

News

Davy notebook project paints complicated picture of influential chemist

Humphry Davy was a prolific scientist, but could also be petty, selfish and prejudiced

Ludwig van Beethoven

Research

Lead found in Beethoven’s hair reveals new insight into his ailing health

Kidney and liver problems that killed the composer, as well as hearing loss, are associated with high lead levels

Leo Szilard stands on the right, gestering towards a chalkboard with a piece of chalk in his hand

Opinion

Triggering a nuclear chain reaction

How Leo Szilard’s concept emerged from a rich interchange of ideas across disciplinary silos

Research

Pioneering preservative removal from ancient Greek ship allows accurate dating

Extraction of polyethylene glycol from ship’s wood enables radiocarbon recalibration

Opinion

There’s more to alchemy than its mystical nature

It was crucial to the development of chemistry

Webinar

LGBTQ+ in Stem: Using data to foster inclusion – Part 2

Join us on 18 July for the 2nd part of this series to learn about factors affecting attrition and retention of LGBTQ+ scientists

Opinion

Everyone belongs in the chemical sciences

Speaking up to make our workplaces more inclusive

Elemental analysis

News

Elemental analysis under scrutiny again as competition raises accuracy questions

Doubts grow over the standard used by journals as competition highlights 26% failure rate with simple molecule

Condenser

News

How can your lab cut water use in reflux reactions?

Practical advice builds on a new study comparing air-cooled condensers

Careers

Slow progress reforming academia creates its own generation gap

Requirements from funders and hiring committees have a cultural influence

Opinion

Closing the generation gap

Science can’t advance unless we communicate with each other

Careers

From baby boomers to gen Z, how do different generations approach chemistry?

Are differences in attitudes and training affecting science?

News

Indian scheme to provide 300 research grants for women

The announcement made by India’s science and technology minister aims to foster more cross-disciplinary research

Peter Atkins

News

Physical chemistry textbook now free to download as a ‘gift’ to the community

Peter Atkins gives away Concepts in Physical Chemistry in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Elisabeth Bik

News

Legal threats, online trolls and low pay: the world of scientific sleuth Elisabeth Bik

Chemistry World catches up with one of the world’s leading scientific integrity experts

Scientist racing with a Bunsen burner torch

Opinion

I ran a marathon in full PPE

Racing to become the official fastest marathon runner dressed as a scientist

A world undone

Opinion

Art through the eyes of a chemist

An invitation to look differently

Opinion

Making sense of the maths

Manipulating equations isn’t the same as understanding science

Opinion

Breaking the cycle of teach, test, forget

A focus on exams makes it harder for students to cultivate a deep understanding of their subject

Opinion

Holes in the ‘holey graphyne’ story

The challenges – and importance – of questioning published results