White benzene ring on background of red cherries

Shed light on benzene reactivity in fizzy drinks

Downloadable slide on the organic chemistry in cherry-flavoured soft drinks for your class

Everyday science

An illustration showing the trading of hand sanitiser on the black market in coronavirus times

How the unscrupulous turn a profit from virus fears


Why alcohol-based sanitiser found its way onto the black market and into stockpiles – and how it works against viruses

An image showing a policeman checking the methane content of a sheep's breath using a breathalyser

Can seaweed-eating sheep curb methane emissions?


Seaweed may not be the silver bullet to farming’s methane problem

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Poo sticks … and how to stop it


How science is saving water and time spent cleaning the loo

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Why smoke particles turned the sky red


Nina Notman explains why forest fires in Indonesia made the sky look red

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‘A material that could heal itself was the coolest thing I’d ever heard’


Meet Annela Seddon, a research scientist who designs materials able to self-fold on demand for biomedical applications

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‘We’re interested in using that same concept to make surfaces antiviral’


Meet Mark Moloney, an organic chemist who spends his time pondering surfaces and hunting antibiotics

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4D printing: the next dimension in healthcare?

2020-05-18T09:13:00+01:00By ,

Use this novel concept to teach students about natural polymers, programmable materials and chemistry in medicine

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Coronavirus: should we be sanitising our shopping?

2020-04-27T10:25:00+01:00By ,

Chemists are busily working out how long Covid-19 remains viable on various surfaces – here’s what we know so far

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Temperature-controlling textiles

2020-03-02T11:40:00+00:00By ,

Nina Notman gets a feel for the high-tech fabrics that can help us maintain our preferred temperature

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What’s cooking?

2020-01-22T11:29:00+00:00By ,

Understand the chemistry behind colour changes in food

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How do trees clean our air?

2020-01-02T09:54:00+00:00By ,

Investigating the role trees can play in reducing air pollution

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New power, old batteries

2019-12-04T14:50:00+00:00By ,

Closing the loop in lithium-ion battery recycling from electric cars