In profile

  • Janine Cossy: ‘Negative results are more important’

  • Dick Zare: ‘I got into big fights with my science teacher’

  • David Hu: ‘People ask me the strangest questions’

  • Rita Colwell: ‘Pseudoscience is almost like a disease’

  • Zhenan Bao: 'We just had to dream big'

  • Neil Garg: ‘My brain is always turning’

  • 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’

Lost in a maze

Change, uncertainty and resilience – Building a better chemistry culture

Voice of

Join us on September 17 as we discuss ways to develop resilience in the face of uncertainty and change

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UK chemistry pipeline loses almost all of its Black, Asian and other ethnic minority chemists after undergraduate studies


Black students are only one quarter as likely to study for a PhD than their white counterparts

Ayanna Jones, Devin Swiner and Ashley Walker, organisers of #BlackInChem

Being #BlackinChem

By Devin Swiner, Ayanna Jones, Ashley Walker

The US organisers of #BlackinChem week share their stories

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Tackling bullying and harassment – Building a better chemistry culture

Voice of

Join us as we discuss ways to tackle bullying and harassment in the chemical sciences

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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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Harvard University’s former chemistry head indicted for lying about China ties

Charles Lieber faces up to five years in prison if convicted

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Chlorine dioxide

Katrina Krämer investigates how industrial-strength bleach became promoted as ‘miracle mineral supplement’ – a supposed ‘cure’ for autism, cancer and even Covid-19.


Another US researcher charged with lying about Chinese ties

Physicist faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding West Virginia University while secretly working for Chinese talent programme


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The importance of inventory management

Lots of chemicals means lots of safety concerns

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Lack of standardised testing makes comparing nano skin tests hard

Study reemphasises that nanoparticles don’t penetrate the skin

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On the spot: disappearing mercury

What should you do when a hazardous chemical goes missing?

On the spot

  • On the spot: disappearing mercury

  • On the spot: dangerous gloves