All materials articles

  • Zircon jewellery on a white background
    Podcast

    Zircon

    2019-07-12T09:00:00Z

    The versatile gemstones that give scientists insights into the chemistry of the early Earth, introduced by Brian Clegg

  • Old bakelite phone
    Podcast

    Bakelite

    2012-10-24T00:00:00Z

    Brian Clegg explores the origin, uses and chemistry of Bakelite

  • Wine bottles on shelf
    Podcast

    Ethanol

    2012-03-28T00:00:00Z

    Raising a glass to the compound behind some of our favourite beverages, here's Tim Harrison with ethanol

  • Pencil and sharpenings  on a white table
    Podcast

    Graphene

    2012-01-18T00:00:00Z

    Ian Le Guillou investigates the compound that could have limitless applications

  • Close up of white nylon ropes
    Podcast

    Nylon

    2011-05-25T00:00:00Z

    Simon Cotton explains the history of nylon and how its discovery met a very tragic ending

  • Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, mission specialist, participates in the second of three STS-98 sessions of extravehicular activity
    Podcast

    PTFE

    2011-02-23T00:00:00Z

    Brian Clegg goes to infinity and beyond with this week's compound