A plastic bottle pouring water into a glass

High levels of nanoplastics found in bottled water


Unbottle the truth of what’s inside your drinking water

Everyday science

Peering inside the drum of a washing maching on a cycle - there are bright clothes and soap suds

How does washing detergent work?


Discover the chemistry behind bright whites and clean coloured-clothes and the differences between washing powders, liquids and pods

A can of Carlsberg 0.0% alcohol-free beer and a glass sitting on a picnic table outdoors with some snacks on a sunny day

How do brewers make alcohol-free beer taste good?


Distil the chemical processes used to keep beer’s flavour, smell, colour and stability

Leaves on a tree turning red and yellow in the autumn

The chemistry behind leaves changing colour and falling from trees


Discover what causes the seasonal shift in foliage and how to use this as context when teaching colour changes

A close up of painting nails with blue polish

What’s in nail polish?


Uncover the polymers and pigments in liquid nail polishes, acrylics and gels

Wesleigh Dawsmith looking at a homemade remote control car

‘My passion is to inspire young people in STEM’

Meet Wesleigh Dawsmith, a DT technician, STEM ambassador and passionate advocate for science outreach

A man in a blue lab coat with red glasses in a modern laboratory

‘The best parts are working with enthusiastic students and that no two days are ever the same’

Meet Mike Hughes, a technical specialist who is passionate about chemistry teaching laboratories and technical education pathways

A pile of polystyrene takeaway food containers

Life cycle assessment of fast-food containers


Examining the environmental impact of single-use takeaway packaging

A bottle of liquid water in ice

Weird and wonderful water


Why the universal solvent is unlike any other liquid and its properties are still a mystery

Calla lillies on a green background

How science can make burial, cremation and memorial greener


Does alkaline hydrolysis offer a more sustainable approach?

A futuristic young man eats sushi that has a freshness indicator on the pack while wearing a biosensor on his arm. Behind him is some colourful graphene

The many uses of nanomaterials


How scientists are using these chemical marvels to develop new biosensors, food testing systems and functional textiles

A picture of a running man made up of vitamin supplements

Vitamin supplements


What’s in them, why we need them and how you can use them to teach titration

Two firefighters tackling a blaze with a hose. They are wearing helmets and protective clothing.

Firefighting chemistry


From polymers to inorganic compounds, discover the remarkable science behind fighting fires