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Perovskites beyond solar cells


From solar cells and LEDs to catalysts and quantum computing, James Mitchell Crow asks if there is anything perovskites can’t do

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Pass the antidote


From paracetamol to pesticides – not to mention nerve agents – there are many toxic compounds that doctors need to be able to counteract. Nina Notman investigates

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    Can we live forever?


    We are now living longer than ever before, but not always in perfect health. Anthony King talks to the researchers working to extend our healthspan

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    Forcing reactions with plasmons

    By Tim Wogan

    Traditional catalysts can lack both efficiency and selectivity. Tim Wogan explains how plasmons offer the potential to do chemistry with a lighter touch

  • A picture of the Renishaw Biological Analyser

    Ready for a Raman shift


    Raman spectroscopy has been seen as a tool for physicists and chemists but Hayley Bennett finds it has the potential to cause a major shift in the way we do medicine

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Biomass carbon capture pilot points to a new sector whose time has come

30 January 2019

Drax project is first of a raft of schemes poised to come online in the UK

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As government shutdown drags on US researchers find themselves caught in the crossfire

25 January 2019

As the shutdown enters its second month many scientists have been left struggling to pay the rent or childcare as research projects flounder

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Antifouling coatings cling to copper

21 January 2019

Copper coatings keep ships clear from unwanted sea life but environmental concerns mean some are keen to move away from the metal. Can it be replaced?

  • Perovskites beyond solar cells

  • Can we live forever?

  • What is an element?

  • A taste of wine chemistry

  • The marvellous Maillard reaction

  • How chemical evolution took the 2018 chemistry Nobel prize

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What is an element?


Our understanding of what an element is has evolved over the years, but it’s still a tricky concept to nail down. Philip Ball investigates

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The father of the periodic table


Mike Sutton looks at how Mendeleev’s patience revealed periodicity in the elements