The editor's choice of articles published in issues of Education in Chemistry from 2002 to the current issue, which you can access for free online.
Tracy McGhie explains how your students can solve a murder mystery using state-of-the-art equipment
Jane Essex and a team of students use simple analytical tests to identify the contents of hundreds of bottles in an old chemist's shop
Josh Howgego finds out how converting radioactive waste into novel glass materials could be a safe, secure way to deal with the legacy of nuclear power stations
Starting university marks a new chapter in a student's life, with a brand new set of opportunities and challenges. But the different teaching style in higher education can prove to...
History is written on paper and we face an ever-growing urgency to preserve paper-based artefacts before they are lost forever. Chemistry is at the heart of paper conservation and ...
Nina Notman finds out how scientists at the University of Liverpool use nanomedicine to aid the successful treatment of HIV
Biofineries produce heat, power and a plethora of useful 'platform chemicals'. Are they part of the solution to our renewable energy woes? Josh Howgego finds out
Simon Bates and Ross Galloway tell us how students can use PeerWise to design high quality and effective learning material
Cross-examining the scientists on the inside of advanced fingerprinting research
This summer Washington DC eagerly awaited the world's finest sixth form chemists to compete in the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad
Scientists are preparing to say goodbye to Herschel, the largest ever space telescope
Can dye-sensitised solar cells compete with silicon and emerging alternatives? Performance and flexibility allow business to design for light
There is an emerging trend towards using pre-lecture activities to support tertiary level learning: the options investigated
Chemists are putting molecules to work in ways only limited by our imagination
The capability to produce high quality video is now literally in the palm of your hand. Find out how video can be used to enhance your teaching and support your students' learning....
Pottery vessels have been made for around 18,000 years. But how does clay extracted from the earth become a colourful pot, and what's the chemistry behind the process?
The Lasers for Science Facility in Harwell, UK, lets chemists see and manipulate chemical and biological systems. This research has a direct impact on our everyday lives.
In 2014 a small team from the UK will dispatch a car to Africa with the aim of it speeding across the desert at 1000 mph. We find out how chemistry powers the car to success
Why are strawberries so irresistible? Do the strawberries you pick in the wild really taste nicer than shop-bought ones?
Thermoelectric materials can be assembled into mechanical structures which can transform heat to electrical energy. They can be used for heat harvesting and refrigeration.
Podcasts are an easy and cheap way to provide supporting resources to enhance student learning. Find out why you should join in and prepare your own with this useful 'how to' guide...
Since its discovery, laughing gas has played its part in our dental surgeries, operating theatres and - more controversially - at our parties
As chemists we see the periodic table as an icon but its design continues to evolve and is the source of much debate
Researchers can protect their chemical inventions from competitors with patents but this is a long and complex process which needs expert guidance
Kinaesthetic learners learn by doing rather than by seeing and hearing. Introducing objects to examine and discuss in class can enhance the learning experience
New ruthenium-based compounds with fewer and less severe side effects, could replace longstanding platinum-based anticancer drugs
ISIS acts as a super-sensitive microscope. Researchers working at the cutting edge of science use neutrons to find out where atoms are inside materials and what they are doing
Fundamental topics such as stereochemistry are taught in 2 or 2.5 D - the Cambridge Structural Database provides an interactive 3D solution
Recent discoveries indicate that our atmosphere was not always oxygen rich - molybdenum could have been the limiting factor in the evolution of life on earth
..won't happen without chemists. We need a new generation of young chemists to avoid becoming an undernourished, impoverished, unsustainable world.
The next generation of functional materials will need to include aniostropic (directionally dependent) crystals. But how has nature been the source of inspiration for these?
Both Euler's formula and Descartes' theorem can be used to show how buckyballs are made from closed cages of carbon pentagons and hexagons
A masterclass in teaching the topic of bonding, basing chemical explanation on physical forces
Synchrotron light allows chemists to see within structures and individual atoms, without disrupting samples
The four Curie elements provide us with an interesting tour of the bottom of the periodic table for the International Year of Chemistry
Axe Valley Biodiesel - a case study on partnership between school, university and business
Stilton, camembert, limburger and cheddar - why, and how, does cheese come in such a variety of smells and tastes?
The concept of entropy might seem abstract, but can be illustrated by a statistical interpretation
From early smog problems to modern concerns about air pollution, catalysts pave the way in controlling the emissions from combustion engines
In 1944 a fake article was submitted and published as a scientific paper. In the context of How Science Works, can a hoax have educational value?
An experiment for the classroom to show that bromine adds to an alkene by two-step electrophilic addition
Carbon sequestration - the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - is an active area of research
The first draft sequence of the human genome, announced 10 years ago, was time-consuming and expensive
London dispersion forces - instantaneous dipole-induced dipole attractions - are extremely short ranged
Flexible carbon nanotube paper is now available for use in high-tech electronics
Although Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff are often credited with the discovery of caesium, this honour belongs to Carl Setterberg
1912, physicist Joseph John (J. J.) Thomson discovers mass spectrometry
Problem-based learning (PBL) gives students opportunities for collaborative as well as self-directed learning
Fifty years ago steroid abuse among sportsmen and women was a serious problem. Today, thanks to the skills of analytical chemists, the sporting cheats rarely win
Titania catalysts are being used to keep hospital surfaces clean and to produce hydrogen in solar cells
Chemists design new plastics from natural carbohydrates
An alternative and inspirational way to demonstrate acid-base reactions and fluorescence and chemiluminescence
Sonochemistry, the use of sound energy to induce physical or chemical changes within a medium, has a growing number of applications in fields such as medicine and nanotechnology
Examples of natural products produced by organisms and plants to overcome competing species and predators provide chemical evidence for Darwin's legacy of natural selection
What's the best way to introduce to your students this most misunderstood of thermodynamic properties?
Chemists look to develop second-generation biofuels made from dead wood, algae and genetically-engineered microorganisms
By 2030, the world's population is expected to rise to over eight billion - the need for safe and environmentally friendly crop protection chemical has never been greater
What real chemists do can be the basis of motivating investigations and learning in school chemistry
The powdered bark of the South American cinchona tree is the source of quinine - the mainstay treatment for malaria for centuries
The dye diffusion thermal transfer method is used for printing digital photos on plastics, and for direct printing on PVC cards
Medicinal and analytical chemists take their cue from micro-organisms' ability to bind to iron in the design of new drugs and sensors
Smell is the most chemical of all the senses - but what's the theory behind the practice?
Distinguished women chemist of the early 20th century identifies element 75, one of the gaps in Mendeleev's Table, and is the first to appreciate nuclear fission
Understanding students' intuitions about the world could provide insight into their misconceptions of chemical concepts
Is methane trapped in ice, deep in the Arctic ocean, a potential clean energy source for the future, or will its release lead to catastrophic climate change?
Analytical chemists ensure everything, from food and drinks, through toys and household chemicals, to air quality and even suspicious powders present no danger to humans
An historical journey into the treatment of epilepsy, starting with potassium bromide 150 years ago
Scientists are using this non-invasive technique to cast light on the workings of living cells to learn more about the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer, allergies and immune...
Chemists are working to develop new, longer-lasting catalysts to ensure industrial processes are cleaner, greener and more efficient
An investigation into the structure and properties of cellulose that make cotton clothes feel 'cool' provides a real context for undergraduate spectroscopy lab work
In 1959 Aldoph Butenandt identified and synthesised the first pheromone, bombykol. Since then scientists have discovered how male silkworm moths receive this chemical message
Joseph Lister's use of phenol as an antiseptic revolutionised surgical practice in the 19th century. But was he the first to use this antiseptic technique?
Can phosphorus-rich foods, such as fish, improve our intellect?
Sixthformers are introduced to Madelung constants as a way of investigating ionic crystal structures
Recent evidence suggests that ocean removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is having serious consequences for marine life
Centenary celebrations for the founding fathers of radioactivity - Henri Becquerel and Ernest Rutherford.
Undergraduate chemists get the opportunity to teach as part of their degree course.
Over the past 30 years chemists have developed NMR experiments in two and three dimensions that enable them to solve the structure of complex organic compounds
Of what value are multiple-choice tests in the new GCSE Science specifications?
Originally a curiosity of the quantum world, NMR is now an essential tool for chemists, biochemists and clinicians
Supercritical carbon dioxide can be used to remove valuable chemicals, including waxes, from plants, the most widely available and cheap source of biomass in the world
Can urine test offer insight into George III's insanity?
Chemical reactions to power a host of different cells and batteries
Trifluoromethyl sulfur pentafluoride - a byproduct of the electronics industry - has been named a 'super' greenhouse gas by physical chemists
Chemists are developing new medical and environmental sensors based on DNA sequences which have been selected to bind certain targets such as cancer markers in blood
The use of haloperoxidases, from seaweed, in organic syntheses is simple and cost-effective and offers more environmentally-friendly routes to a host of compounds
The recent development of low cost, user-friendly scanning tunnelling microscopes has brought nanoscience experiments into undergraduate laboratories
Students who want to work as analytical chemists in industry need to be introduced to the basic regulatory requirements of 'good laboratory practice'
A context-based chemistry practical highlighting the importance of chemical kinetics and spectroscopy in commercial photochromic dyes
Research and development of nitrogen mustards 60 years ago sets the scene for new era in the treatment of cancer
Nanoscale chemical entities target the building blocks of biology with medicinal consequences
The intriguing chemistry of antimony, one of the earliest elements to be discovered
Making the most of the Internet and ICT to support teaching and learning in science
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leo Sternbach, discoverer of the anti-anxiety drugs Librium and Valium
Painstaking work by chemists to characterise deadly alkaloids exuded in the skin of some brightly coloured poison arrow frogs has offered leads for new and useful pharmaceuticals
Chemicals that make bacteria lose their hair could be a new weapon in the fight against infections, and at the same time help to overcome the problem of antibiotic resistance
Chemists at the University of Nottingham use supercritical fluids to process polymers for drug delivery systems and for tissue engineering.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an invaluable tool in diagnostic medicine.
The portable and safe storage of hydrogen will be fundamental to the success of fuel cell-powered cars
Fuel prices and the impact transport has on the environment are leading car and aircraft manufacturers to use more lightweight plastics and composites in their products
Chemists from the Universities of Loughborough and Bristol have teamed up to take a research-based project into local schools
By designing and building their own visible-light spectrophotometers, students get to grips with the underlying principles of this widely used analytical tool
The synthesis of biodiesel is exploited to teach general chemistry principles and as a way of fostering a 'green conscience' within undergraduate chemistry students
Research by chemists into the chemical processes occurring in the troposphere could help to predict the likely impacts of climate change upon atmospheric conditions
Prodrugs - selective chemical agents - are beginning to show potential as a cure for skin cancer
Selecting the right chemistry course and the right institution are paramount in a prospective chemist's life
Kathryn Roberts meets Mary Kirchhoff, the new director of education at the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington DC
If bird flu ever starts to transmit from human to human, with no effective vaccine available our only defence will be the antiviral drugs Relenza and Tamiflu
As the miniaturisation of silicon chips fast approaches its limit chemists are copying Nature in attempt to build computers atom by atom, molecule by molecule
Phenol encountered in school or college chemistry laboratories demands special respect on account of its toxic and corrosive nature. But phenol and its derivatives do have a few me...
Although Fritz Haber's name is now attached to the process for the synthesis of ammonia from its constituent elements by using high pressure, who was responsible for this reaction?...
Triazole synthesis provides an excellent example of a reaction that has the potential to illustrate principles of green chemistry to undergraduates
Organic chemists have developed myriad agents to kill pests
Organoarsenic compounds have given insight into important theoretical topics in chemistry and proved to have beneficial pharmacological effects
Commercial sunscreens provide the basis of an industry-linked investigation suitable for students at various levels
The past 10 years have witnessed myriad R&D programmes in nanotechnology around the world
In the latter half of the 19th century chemists started to investigate the properties of cocaine. Elucidation of its molecular structure followed some 30 years later
Thanks to advances in polymer chemistry contact lenses are now more comfortable and fashionable
About 10 per cent of men and women over 65, and nearly half of those over 80, have Alzheimer's disease
Applied science has a key role in the 14-16 curriculum, and its popularity is growing
'Bioactive' ceramic and glass alternatives could improve the quality of life for millions of people suffering from osteoporosis
With some clever chemistry starch represents an enormous and sustainable source of renewable carbon for non-food applications.
Every year between one and two million people - mainly children - living in the tropics and subtropics die of malaria.
Science for the 21st Century Initiative (SCI) aims to cultivate an interest in, and knowledge of, the wider aspects of science and technology among A-level students.
Spices have been used in cooking since Roman times, and were believed to be important as antiparasitic agents and as gastrointestinal protectants in the diet
The addition reactions of HCl and HBr to propene to give either 2-chloropropane or 2-bromopropane are often given as examples of Markovnikov's Rule, but in his original 1870 paper,...
In the near future, doctors will be able to carry out a 'while you wait' test, using genetic analysis, for chlamydia, the silent disease that can lead to infertility in women. This...
Genetically modified (GM) foods continue to generate media attention and concern among the public. How can analytical chemists help consumers make informed choices
Investigations involving simple batteries made from items found in the home or school laboratory can help KS3 pupils understand the origin of current, voltage and power, and the ch...
Over 200 years ago, doctor and writer Percivall Pott made the astute connection between soot and scrotal cancer, known then as the chimney sweep's cancer.
The environmental damage caused by acid mine drainage (AMD) is a worldwide and growing problem in those countries that once, or are still, extracting coal and/or metals. What is AM...
Measuring carbon dioxide from plant debris provides an opportunity for an inquiry-based experiment aimed at 14-15 year olds. Similar experiments are done by soil scientists and eco...
Titan, the largest moon of the planet Saturn, has an atmosphere that is predominantly nitrogen with a small amount of carbon present in the form of methane and higher hydrocarbons....
The history of pharmaceuticals is enriched by accounts of drugs developed for one therapeutic purpose that found application in another. This is true for chlorpromazine, a treatmen...
In the early part of the 20th century, a few institutions seemed to have been havens for women interested in chemistry.
In many parts of the world biting insects are major disease vectors, being the source of malaria and yellow fever for example, though in the UK they are mainly just a nuisance.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of the Italian chemical physicist, Amedeo Avogadro.
Has the significance of William Henry Perkin's synthesis of the purple dye mauveine begun to fade?
What constitutes ground-level air pollution and what are the impacts of such pollutants on Man and the environment?
In the early 1700s in England 'nothing was so much feared or talk'd of as Rickets among Children'. We now know that this softening of the bones, is caused by a deficiency of vitami...
Chemistry has played its part in numismatics - in the manufacture, analysis, aesthetics and conservation of coinage
Chemists are once again turning to Nature to replenish the medicine chest
The international final of the Chemistry Olympiad - a chemistry competition for sixthformers - was held this year in Taiwan. Some 225 students from 59 countries took part in this p...
A familiar example of a system with self-healing ability is the human body. But could an analogous strategy be used for the self-repair of polymeric composites?
Analgesics, ie pain-relieving drugs, fall into two categories: those that also reduce body temperature in fevers (antipyretics), and those that act mainly on the brain - typically ...
For the past 200 years violin makers around the world have sought to produce violins that would rival those of Stradivari and Guarneri made during 1700-50.
University departments traditionally divided chemistry into inorganic, organic and physical subsets, with analytical chemistry sitting somewhere in between. But this is changing. T...
Today's quality control of the food and drinks industry is thanks to pioneering work started by chemist Frederick Accum and medic Arthur Hill Hassall in the 19th century
Ionic compounds are usually high melting point solids. But mix together a powdered organic salt with aluminium chloride and the result is a clear, colourless, 'ionic liquid'.
What is the minimal core of an education in chemistry? What should someone with a passing need to understand a bit of chemistry - engineers, biologists, physicians, physicists - kn...
An understanding of the physical chemistry of ice cream is the route to a smooth, soft, creamy dessert
In 1958 Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer, aged 29, published the results of an experiment which gave rise to the branch of spectroscopy which now bears his name.