Chemists continue to help us understand our history, shedding light on materials and practices behind great works of art. As techniques become ever more sensitive and less invasive, chemists across disciplines have been able to identify long-faded pigments and understand how to preserve historic works for future generations.
But life isn’t all about work. Throughout 2017 we’ve been speaking to high profile chemists – leaders in their field such as Melanie Sanford, John Goodenough and Venki Ramakrishnan – about their hobbies outside the lab, including lots of running, keeping chickens and questioning the nature of reality.
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Science hit the headlines throughout the world in 2017, with Marches for science rising against the Trump administration in particular. And Brexit may mean Brexit, but what does it mean for chemistry?
All the big developments in chemistry research, including bonding, reactions and synthesis, materials and the rise of digital chemistry
From a Nobel prize in imaging biological systems to developing powerful new painkillers, chemists have been at the forefront of medical innovation in 2017
Chemists continue to help us understand our history, shedding light on materials and practices behind great works of art, while shaping the culture we live in