An image showing a man collecting water produced from a solar powered pilot project

Atmospheric water harvesting


With drought threatening many parts of the world, Nina Notman explores technologies for sucking water out of thin air

An illustration showing metalloenzymes

Metalloenzyme mastery


There are natural metalloenzymes that make difficult chemistry look easy. James Mitchell Crow talks to the bioinorganic chemists figuring out how to copy them

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Clearing the air


Nina Notman explores the role technology can play in cleaning pollutants out of air before we breathe them in

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The difficulties of drugging our brains


Following the withdrawal of many large pharma companies from central nervous system research, Andy Extance finds new drug development patterns are emerging 

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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  • Plastic recycling heading for the mainstream

  • The weirdness of water

  • Sustainable lab buildings

  • Recycling clothing the chemical way

  • Polly Arnold’s diversity of interests

  • The chemistry of a curry

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The plastic sorting challenge


Before we can recycle many plastics, they must be sorted into separate streams. Angeli Mehta finds out how 

Plastic pollution: a discarded plastic rubbish bags floats on a tropical coral reef presenting a hazard to marine life

The plastics problem

By Chemistry World

How chemistry is providing solutions to the issue of plastic waste