Nina Notman

Nina Notman

Science writer and editor

After finishing my organic chemistry PhD at the University of Bristol, I had come to realise that I didn’t have the patience required to be a good bench chemist. I started looking around for a career than allowed me to indulge my love for science while not being lab-based, which led me to join the journals team at the Royal Society of Chemistry with a focus on guiding papers through the peer review process. I was also given the opportunity to write magazine-style articles about some of the papers we published, something I relished. I then joined the Chemistry World team, first as a science correspondent and later as the features editor. In 2012, due to a family relocation, I went freelance and now write for a range of different chemistry and science education publications.

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    How ketamine could help treat severe depression

    4 March 2017

    Nina Notman looks at how the party drug ketamine may hold the key to treating patients with severe depression

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    Urban air pollution

    12 January 2017

    Nina Notman meets the chemists breathing fresh air into urban air pollution research

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    Personalised skincare

    15 November 2016

    Nina Notman explores some of the latest scientific approaches skincare companies are using in the quest to develop high-earning anti-ageing cosmetics

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    Activating C–Hemistry

    16 August 2016

    Meet the organic chemists intent on breaking bonds that are generally considered to be unreactive

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    Explosive science

    12 July 2016

    Nina Notman learns the role chemistry plays in monitoring volcanoes and understanding the impact of their eruptions

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    The offshore chemist

    21 June 2016

    Catriona Gebbie talks to Nina Notman about life as the only analytical chemist on board a North Sea oil production platform

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    2Heavy drugs gaining momentum

    10 June 2016

    With the first approval of a drug containing deuterium looking imminent, Nina Notman surveys the deuterated drug landscape

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    Plastic problems

    22 April 2016

    Tiny pieces of plastic may be doing as much harm in our oceans and waterways as the big stuff, finds Nina Notman

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    Marine paint innovation

    21 April 2016

    Nina Notman visits the AkzoNobel site in Gateshead and meets the scientists designing the next generation of environmentally-friendly marine paints

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    A Nobel cause

    1 February 2016

    Nina Notman talks to the scientists at the international organisation protecting humanity from the horrors of chemical warfare

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    The online teacher

    7 January 2016

    Neil Garg plans to transform how students around the world think about organic chemistry – with Bacon. Nina Notman explains

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    Going for gold

    11 December 2015

    Nina Notman looks at attempts to reduce the environmental impacts of small-scale gold mining

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    The race to equality

    3 December 2015

    Nina Notman looks at the group and individual efforts to promote racial equality in academia

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    Well-tempered chocolate

    1 December 2015

    Nina Notman discovers that controlling crystal structures and emulsions is the key to good chocolate

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    A mile in their shoes

    31 August 2015

    Nina Notman explores the options open to scientists looking to learn more about policymaking and the inner workings of government

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    Who reviews the reviews?

    21 August 2015

    Nina Notman investigates the new alternatives being developed to replace peer review as we know it

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    The space junky

    6 July 2015

    Sending her experimental polymers into space was a career high for Lenore Rasmussen. But space is just one part of the story, Nina Notman finds

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    Show and tell

    25 June 2015

    Nina Notman explores the performance-based communication competitions turning researchers into raconteurs

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    The kitchen chemist

    10 June 2015

    Nina Notman finds nothing half-baked about the chemistry demonstrations that Stephen Ashworth whips up

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    Imaging the future

    24 April 2015

    Doctors and pharmaceutical companies are beginning to open their eyes to the power of mass spectrometry imaging, finds Nina Notman

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