An asteroid approaches Earth from space

Forming Earth’s ancient atmosphere from space dust


Uncover how sun-weathered asteroids could be the ancient source of Earth’s water

Everyday science

Batman's the Joker with a burned corpse

What’s the strongest acid in the world?


Delve into the highly corrosive world of superacids

A photo of a woman reacting to eating spicy food

Why chilli burns your mouth


How milk cools things down and water doesn’t

A cartoon of scientists working in a factory making human noses

Polymer chemistry is printing noses


Learn more about a novel application of polymer chemistry to help reconstruct the faces of skin cancer patients

An illustration of a fast charging station for cars

The race for fast-charging cars


Learn how chemists are redesigning batteries to create new, fast-charging options for the future electric cars

Brent Murray professor of food colloids head and shoulders shot outdoors

‘My favourite colloids? English ale and clotted cream’


Meet Brent Murray, a food scientist with a passion for beer, ice cream, clotted cream and other food colloids

A photo of Katherine Curran working as a conservator at a museum

‘You don’t need to choose between the arts and science’


Meet Katherine Curran, a chemist applying her polymer know-how to the conservation of plastic museum objects

The word meat made up of raw meat

Meat analogues


How food scientists are developing tasty alternatives to traditional meat

An illustration of carbon dioxide release and capture

What’s behind the CO₂ shortage?


Dependence on a single source of production left us with a deficit

A cartoon of a lateral flow test, a bottle of shampoo and a coral reef

Brilliant buffers


Use this infographic with your 16–18 students to develop their understanding of pH and buffers

A silhouette of a woman in a tent with the night sky behind

Camping’s chemical elements


Top tips from the chemistry lab for roughing it well when camping

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Iron: fuel of the future?


Investigating whether iron powder could fill the energy gaps left by batteries and renewable energy

An illustration of people watching a bright meteor in the night sky

Meteorite chemistry


What is a meteorite made of? Studying the composition of meteors allows scientists to look back billions of years to before the birth of the solar system