After finishing my A-levels, I wanted to study arts or languages, but then decided that being a chemist in a white coat was definitely cooler.
So I went on and spent ten years studying chemistry in Germany, Spain and the UK, before realising that not working in a lab can also be fun. After one year in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s graduate trainee scheme, I joined Chemistry World first as editorial assistant and now as science correspondent.
My favourite CAS number is 102-54-5.
And then you’re dead: what really happens if you get swallowed by a whale, are shot from a cannon, or go barreling over Niagara
Katrina Krämer reviews a collection of unusual, impossible and amusing death scenarios
Serendipitous discovery sees main-group metal topple textbook paradigm
Polymers made of mechanically interlocked molecules could make for strong but flexible materials
Machine learning tool predicts products of organic reactions by treating chemistry like language
Sticking force between layers of atomically thin material measured for the first time
Theoretical study points towards hidden property as possible reason for controversial Mpemba effect
Photoredox reaction simplifies metabolism studies by swapping hydrogen for deuterium or tritium
Dwarf planet might have unique atmosphere whose temperature is regulated by tiny particles
Close-up footage to explore unexpected side of simple chemical transformations
Merkel will have to team up with two opposing parties amid nationalist surge
Genetically modified bacteria could make synthesis of new materials more sustainable