In profile

  • Taegwan Hyeon: ‘Multidisciplinary collaboration is a must’

  • Molly Shoichet: ‘We fail every day’

  • Ewine van Dishoeck: ‘Take a steep trajectory early in your career’

  • Molly Stevens: ‘Our society is tremendously unequal’

  • Varinder Aggarwal: You should see my downward dog now!

  • Vivian Yam: ‘Teaching and research go hand in hand’

  • Prasanna de Silva: ‘Kindness plays a key role in academia’

  • Eugenia Kumacheva: ‘My poetry is in my research proposals’

  • Bert Meijer: ‘I'm in love with molecules’

  • Thomas Hartung: ‘I am not a funny guy’

A framed portrait of Evelyn Hickmans

The lifesaving work of Evelyn Hickmans

By Anne Green

Anne Green tells us how a female chemist almost single-handedly established paediatric clinical chemistry and led to a first in global health

An framed portrait of Clara Immewahr

Clara Immerwahr – out of her husband’s shadow

By , Anne Green

The tragic story of the chemist best known as Fritz Haber’s wife might not be as clear cut as many believe, finds Bárbara Pinho

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Kyrides’ seal


How a penniless immigrant made himself at home in the lab 

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Gap between number of men and women in science globally is slowly closing


But men are still publishing more papers than women even after correcting for age

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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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Explainer: The science of alkyl nitrites aka poppers

From their origins as 19th century angina treatment to becoming an important part of gay subculture, these recreational drugs exist in a legal limbo

the periodic table

Apparent plagiarism leads Elsevier to retract periodic table book

Chemist contacted by suspicious Wikipedia editor finds that large sections were lifted from online encyclopaedia 

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What’s the secret science of conspiracy theories?

Conspiracies can tell us a lot about science and society

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Rallying to the chemical safety cause

How Matt Endean works to keep children safe in school chemistry laboratories

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Letters: July 2021

Readers discuss whether air rifles or bomb disposal techniques are best for dealing with waste chemicals

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Letters: June 2021

Readers discuss pesticides, catalysts and how to dispose of chemicals with a rifle