In profile

  • 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’

  • Edgar Cahoon: ‘There is still so much basic knowledge to learn’

  • 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'

An illustrated portrait of Margarita Salas

Margarita Salas: the marquesa of molecular biology


Hayley Bennett celebrates the Spanish biochemist who flourished during the Franco era

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Lack of support undermines minority and female chemistry PhDs


US survey shows importance of peers and finances in graduate schools

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Sylvia Stoesser – the first female chemist at Dow


Rebecca Trager explores the story of a pioneering industrial researcher, named on 29 patents, but whose research career ended with motherhood

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Royal Society of Chemistry publishes first analysis of diversity


Report digs into organisational activities, reporting on leadership, awards and grant winners

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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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Ethical challenge

Should researchers infect healthy people with Sars-CoV-2 to speed up vaccine testing?

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China has 600 outposts across the world to recruit scientists

Report claims to have uncovered network to acquire advanced technology in not only the US, but also Germany, Australia, the UK and beyond

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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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Colour-changing coating can diagnose damage to climbing ropes or safety equipment

Heat and friction changes appearance of metal-based coating

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Letters: December 2020

Readers muse on thermal hazard data, and ask for help with an embroidered periodic table

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Rebooted chemical safety database now hosted by CAS

ACS data division partnership gives crowd-sourced reaction hazard library a more accessible and scalable platform