Kat is an award-winning science writer, broadcaster and public speaker. She is the founder and Creative Director of science communication consultancy First Create The Media and is the author of three popular science books: Herding Hemingway's Cats, How to Code a Human and Rebel Cell.
Vinblastine and vincristine: Vinca alkaloids
Kat Arney unearths a story of an overlooked female researcher in the search for the origins of cancer drugs found in plants
Propanethial-S-oxide: how chopping onions makes you cry
Kat Arney’s investigation of the pungent chemical in onions is enough to bring tears to your eyes
Kat Arney gets to the bottom of the story of phenolphthalein – a chemical with two very different uses. If you've measured pH in a classroom or had some trouble in the bathroom, you may have met this compound before.
The allergenic compound behind those 'toxic caterpillars'
How to become a chemistry teacher
Teaching can be an intense but rewarding and refreshing career change
Kat Arney discovers the strange things that happen when organic compounds go round the twist
Kat Arney on the tree sap that once insulated transatlantic cables
Methaemoglobin and diaphorase 1
Kat Arney discovers the biological chemistry behind a colourful blood disorder
Kat Arney investigates one of the fastest selling drugs of all time
Kat Arney investigates the cancer-causing chemicals that could be lurking in that bag of peanuts
How an attractive blue dye became the basis of a fundamental lab technique
Need some fake snow for your Christmas party? Simply look inside a baby’s nappy.
Fibrin and fibrinogen
From scabby knees to life-threatening strokes, this important protein is the fundamental link in the complex molecular chain that forms blood clots