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Refining Avogadro’s number on way to new kilo

21 July 2015 Research

Most precise value yet reduces uncertainty down to 20 atoms in a billion

Tailored zeolite synthesis takes a big step forward

15 July 2015 Research

New zeolites first predicted and then made in potential boon for industrial catalysis

Regulators have drug firms chasing phantom impurity

16 June 2015 Research

Mutagenic contaminants that supposedly form in sulfonic acid salts are highly unlikely to arise

Molecular pump points way to non-equilibrium chemistry

21 May 2015 Research

Chemical system mimics nature's trick of accumulating molecules against a concentration gradient

Opiate-producing yeast raises spectre of 'home-brewed heroin'

18 May 2015 News and Analysis

Warnings that completion of final steps in opiate biosynthesis could be a double-edged sword

Floppy polymer defies convention to form rigid framework

30 April 2015 Research

Hybrid metal–organic frameworks could be engineered with a whole set of new properties

Single-face fluorinated carbon ring takes the strain

13 April 2015 Research

Hexafluorocyclohexane created with all fluorines pointing 'up' could lead to new supramolecular strategies

Superatom mimics for rare earth elements

9 April 2015 Research

Clusters of boron-doped metals have identical properties to other rare earth elements

Flexible polymer threads set to light up clothing

23 March 2015 Research

Multi-colour light-emitting wires can be woven or knitted into fabrics for haute couture or monitoring patients' vital signs

Diamond sensor atom scale imaging proposed

22 January 2015 Research

Technique could, in theory, be used to build up a detailed picture of protein binding sites and other complex structures using NMR

Nanostripe controversy in new twist

24 November 2014 Research

Creator of striped nanoparticles insists questions over structures have already been answered and accuses critics of a 'personal war'

Magnetic resonance taken to the limit

21 November 2014 Research

Technique can read the spin of a single nucleus opening up a new way to investigate proteins and complex molecules

A new way to convert light to electricity

30 October 2014 Research

Discovery could lead to novel photovoltaics made from just metals

Molecular magnet goes ultracool

28 October 2014 Research

Magnetic refrigeration taken to below 1K for the first time

New light microscope creates 3D movies inside living cells

23 October 2014 Research

Researchers have built a microscope that can examine the inner workings of living cells in 3D

Isotope effect produces new type of chemical bond

22 October 2014 Research

Evidence emerges for vibrational bond first proposed 30 years ago

Helium happily shares electrons to create dianions

16 October 2014 Research

Fullerene dianions created in nanodroplets of helium opening up new ways of creating exotic molecular species

Nanoscale microphone based on a single molecule

3 October 2014 Research

World’s smallest ‘nanomicrophone’ could one day be used to eavesdrop on the mysterious transition between classical and quantum mechanics

First interstellar sighting of a branched alkyl molecule

25 September 2014 Research

Discovery shows that stellar nurseries could hold amino acids too that might have been the spark for life on Earth

Computer simulations point to formamide as prebiotic intermediate in ‘Miller’ mixtures

16 September 2014 Research

Electric field may have provided more than just energy for primordial chemistry

‘Unifying theory’ proposed for carbon monoxide oxidation on supported gold nanoparticles

4 September 2014 Research

Water vapour may explain differing catalytic activities found at labs around the world

Rigid molecular wires make electrons fly

29 August 2014 Research

Organic wires conduct electrons 800 times faster than other molecular counterparts by letting them hitch a ride on a vibrational wave

Knock-out theory puts new spin on general anaesthesia

12 August 2014 Research

Anaesthetics effect on proteins' electronic structure could explain mystery of how diverse molecules can cause unconsciousness

3D printed reactionware hots up

6 August 2014 Research

New materials created in printed plastic vessels that can withstand high temperatures

Propeller-shaped molecules give 2D polymers lift-off

27 July 2014 Research

Chemists' synthetic answer to graphene – flat polymer sheets a molecule thick – could be tailored to many applications