Chemistry Articles

Articles about chemistry, matter, gases, fuels, green chemistry, nanotechnology...

21 August 2014

Every chemical reaction on earth, from digesting food to powering a car requires a catalysis. We use man-made catalyses...

25 December 2013

It is London in the year 2037, and the artificial fog rolls off the Thames. A successful academic drug-hunter named...

15 October 2012

With the precision design of superalloy materials we are able to manufacture materials that can cope with most of the...

24 September 2012

Fresh water is a precious resource. How can the use and abuse of this resource exacerbate or manage water poverty in...

17 September 2012

What can chemistry do to make a greener future? Aaron Page envisages a carbon-neutral future based on the cutting edge...

14 August 2012

Less than 5% of the nitrogen added to crops to feed animals ends up as meat in our mouths. The rest is wasted and...

21 June 2012

The psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active principal of magic mushrooms, was once thought to have promising medical...

18 February 2012

Ocean deadzones are triggered by nitrogen-fuelled bursts of microorganisms. So how does this happen and what can we do...

14 November 2011

Everyone can contribute to the work of scientists. Harriet Dickinson explains how you can get involved, and why Science...

19 August 2011

Leukaemia is a deadly cancer of the blood affecting over 250,000 people every year, many of which are children. It isn...

21 April 2011

Countless atomic recipes and crystal arrangements mean there are literally trillions of possible materials that could...

19 January 2011

Fifty years from now, our kids are going to look incredulously at us and ask – "you burnt things to get...

16 October 2010

First came fire. Cavemen rubbed sticks together and there it was, a source of ‘artificial’ heat and light, giving us...

01 October 2010

Bees are being trained to detect drugs and explosives...

25 October 2008

Surprising as it sounds, one of the world's top tipples a century ago was laced with cocaine. And although the...

16 July 2008

Simpsons fans will know only too well the opening sequence to the cartoon in which Homer discovers, during his commute...

22 December 2007

Snowflakes form when water vapour condenses directly into ice crystals, and for many years writers have used their...

06 November 2007

Ask anyone who made the world’s best violins and they’ll inevitably answer "Stradivari". But science is...

14 July 2007

Why re-invent the wheel when Nature has already come up with the best solution? Becky Poole explores the field of...

07 July 2007

Mention plastics and most people think of polythenes, perspex and other oil-based nasties that never break down. But...

03 June 2007

There was a time when almost every action movie seemed to involve the hero or villain becoming swamped in quicksand,...

21 March 2007

As the world focuses on carbon dioxide, are more dangerous agents of global warming creeping up unnoticed? Lucy...

19 April 2006

Scheele was the first to isolate Hydrogen cyanide in 1782 then went on to show its toxic effects by accidentally...

23 November 2005

Nature produces a seemingly limitless number of compounds that are valuable for treating disease. Over 30% of the top-...