Kit is an internationally award-winning science journalist with a particular interest in science history and element discovery. He holds a PhD in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Sunderland and a master's degree in pharmacy from the University of Bradford, and has contributed to The Daily Telegraph, Nature, Chemist+Druggist and New Scientist among others.
Kit’s first popular science book, Superheavy, was shortlisted for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F prize for young adults and his second, Racing Green, is published in 2022. He was comment editor at Chemistry World.
Brush up on the science of mouthwash
What chemicals are in mouthwash and is the time you use it important?
Cold case chemistry
Discover the advances in forensic science helping solve decades-old crimes
How do whiteboard markers work?
Discover the chemistry behind whiteboards and pens – and how to clean their stains
How chemistry keeps trains on track
Read about the science that’s been keeping trains chugging along for centuries
What are Halloween costume masks made from?
Find out about the creative chemistry behind costume masks
The chemistry of shipwrecks
The surprising science behind preserving wrecks
How car engines work
What makes cars go? Discover the science that powers our vehicles
Why does jelly wobble?
Find out how gelatin’s bonds, structure and properties make jelly jiggle
Why it’s time to abandon the textbook
Biases, dated content and student disinterest mean it’s time to find course materials online, argues Kit Chapman
The grand end of term quiz
Looking for something fun to wrap up the term? Challenge your 14–16 students with this chemistry-themed quiz
Make time for science’s horrible history
Delve into science’s horrible history with your students
Sunday dinner – a health risk
When roasts pollute
Why chemistry won’t be solved
Kit Chapman explains why chemistry is still a vibrant and relevant subject for study
The most important village in chemistry
How one small Swedish hamlet contributed to the periodic table
Seven simple rules offered to bolster science education
Practical guidance to make evidence-based teaching accessible
The hunt is on
Japanese element hunters are trying to extend the periodic table
- Magnificent molecules
How a ‘daft’ pharmacy mix up led to a series of poisonings in Victorian Britain