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Ewine van Dishoeck: ‘Take a steep trajectory early in your career’


The pioneering astrochemist on art, gathering strength and taking the leap into a new discipline

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Furin fundamentals


There’s no direct evidence for the lab leak hypothesis – and the biochemistry of the virus might not tell us much about it

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Are we giving chemicals bad names?


Does it matter that we use a mixture of old and systematic names for chemicals?

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Skarstrom’s separator


Producing oxygen and other gases from the atmosphere

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Brewing up science stories


Yeast strains, citizen science and climate change 

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Letters: June 2021

2021-06-01T13:43:00+01:00By Chemistry World

Readers discuss pesticides, catalysts and how to dispose of chemicals with a rifle

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Uncovering new transformations by using electricity as a reagent

Song Lin explains the power of electrochemistry and how he fosters an inclusive environment for his research group

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Adding constraints to understand life’s chemical origins

Matt Powner wants to know if there are chemical rules that govern why certain synthetic strategies are embedded in biology 

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Pointing the tools of atmospheric chemistry inside

US team monitoring air quality in an on-campus gym detects chemicals in the air that come from cleaning products reacting with sweat

  • Are we giving chemicals bad names?

  • Exploring the potential of nanoarchitectonics

  • The value of media hype for science

  • Why are impurity regulations different for food and drugs?

  • Supramolecular community calls in support for gender equity

  • Space, energy and synthetic half-reactions