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  • 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'

  • Margaret Brimble: 'Spiroketals are my favourite molecules'

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

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Your chance to get involved in shaping the future of Chemistry World

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The indomitable Toshiko Mayeda

Matthew Shindell traces one female scientist’s story from an internment camp to studying the chemistry of the solar system

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Theodora Greene’s protecting groups

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

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Ellie Knaggs and tetrahedral carbon

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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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Design of experiments

Quizzes and resources to help you to become better at designing experiments. Created in partnership with JMP

Ethics

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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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Should scientists be activists?

Scientific objectivity isn’t stopping researchers from standing up for what they believe in

Safety

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Children’s curious nature makes keeping them safe an onerous task, but intuitive chemical solutions can help to avoid accidental poisoning

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Visiting chemical plants

Seeing how other chemists do their work can be an eye-opening experience, in more ways than one

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On the spot: dangerous gloves

What would you do following a chemical spill in the lab?

On the spot

  • On the spot: dangerous gloves

  • On the spot: fiery solution