Secondary school teacher Ian Stuart shares the benefits of teaching atomic theory to seven- and eight-year olds
Explore ionic structures in your class with the discovery of a strange form of table salt
From zooming in on chemical phenomena to explaining marking schemes, try these teacher-tested approaches
New system could find use in food monitoring or disease detection
Cheap compounds found in kitchen cupboards can act as catalysts for making carbon nanotubes
Andy Extance finds out how vaccines help people fight off germs without getting ill
Top tips for teaching 11–14
How to present confusing resonance representations to students
Starter for ten quizzes that focus on bonding topics like the nature of chemical bonds, covalent bonding and properties and bonding.
What you can do to make grasping atomic representations easier
Kit Chapman explains why chemistry is still a vibrant and relevant subject for study
The subject’s exhausted
Silicon joins the record breakers!
And how to get the most out of them
Breaking the hardy carbon-carbon bond in wood puts new fuels on the horizon
Giant molecules with a carbon backbone by synthetic chemistry
Scientists shoot the world’s smallest projectiles – individual molecules – and use them to study how reactions happen
Explore the halogens, their salts, and their relation to swimming.
The octet rule still dominates
The sweetest saccharides form the strongest and shortest hydrogen bonds
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