In profile

  • 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’

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

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

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Online events aren’t automatically accessible


With lectures moving online long-term, online accessibility benefits need building on

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A century of caring


The Chemists’ Community Fund has never been more important

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Supporting the chemistry community


The Chemists’ Community Fund – formerly the Benevolent Fund – has been helping people for 100 years. Rachel Brazil looks at how it works, now it may be more needed than ever before

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Online conferences have benefits worth retaining


Nothing’s quite the same as a scientific meeting

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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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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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Predatory journals’ reviewers mostly junior researchers from developing countries

The few scientists conducting peer review for predatory publishers are often of young academic age and come from lower-income regions


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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?

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How Covid-19 is changing drug manufacturing

Catalent is adapting, focusing on employee safety and supply chain security

On the spot

  • On the spot: disappearing mercury

  • On the spot: dangerous gloves