In profile

  • Shankar Balasubramanian: ‘All chemists can cook, right?’

  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewski: 'In science, one needs to have a vision'

  • Christina White: ‘Discovery requires the human element’

  • John Hartwig: ‘There’s a lot of distrust of science’

  • Donna Blackmond: ‘I often get my best ideas in the middle of the night’

  • Alán Aspuru-Guzik: 'Science is at a crossroads'

  • Margaret Brimble: 'Spiroketals are my favourite molecules'

  • Fraser Stoddart: 'Even when I'm sleeping, I average 40mph'

  • Cathleen Crudden: 'I played clarinet for the Pope'

  • Omar Yaghi: 'MOFs are the most beautiful compounds ever made'

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Theodora Greene’s protecting groups


Katrina Krämer uncovers the woman behind the book on every organic chemist’s shelf

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Ellie Knaggs and tetrahedral carbon


Ellie Knaggs’ claim to be the first to use x-rays to prove carbon’s tetrahedral bonding in molecules has been overlooked, finds Andy Extance

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Polly Arnold’s diversity of interests


Kit Chapman asks the champion of actinide chemistry and diversity in science what comes next as she starts her new role at a US national lab


Twenty twenty vision


The new year brings changes to how we include and reflect our community

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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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Science can’t fix Whitehall on its own

There seems to be a genuine effort to put science at the heart of the UK’s government but this comes with risks as well as rewards

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Rogue Chinese geneticist jailed for his role in creation of gene-edited babies

Team leader He Jiankui sentenced to three years with another two researchers sent to prison

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Sanctions imposed by research agency on Duke University lifted

University has met all commitments in plan agreed with National Institutes of Health


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The hunt for a killer stalking vapers

Vaping deaths in the US became a whodunnit as chemistry was called upon to track down the culprit

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Two dead at US industrial tank cleaning site

Workers overcome by fumes in enclosed tanker truck

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What we need to know to make our labs safer

We lack the data to fully understand the hazards in academic labs

On the spot

  • On the spot: fiery solution

  • On the spot: pocketful of trouble

  • On the spot: tyre fire