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Elusive Suzuki intermediates finally captured

19 April 2016 Research

Backing for model that ‘jumped straight into textbooks’ without any experimental evidence

Water hydrogen bonds tunnel in tandem

29 March 2016 Research

Cog-like interactions seen between molecules in ‘smallest droplet’ of water

Molecular surgery stitches up water dimer in fullerene cage

7 March 2016 Research

First isolation of dimer to aid fundamental studies of hydrogen bonding

Slippery slope to harvesting water from air

25 February 2016 Research

Surface draws inspiration from a beetle, cactus and carnivorous plant to capture condensation 10 times better than state-of-the-art materials

Boost for non-animal toxicology testing

3 February 2016 Research

Thousands of compounds have been screened in a bid to develop in vitro toxicity tests

New shape memory polymer with a permanent twist

8 January 2016 Research

Material can flip between shapes but its resting shape can be remodelled without wiping the memory of other shapes

Molecular robot opens the way to nano-assembly lines

5 January 2016 Research

Arm can pick up, place and release molecule cargo mimicking factory assembly line

New camera makes methane visible

14 December 2015 Research

Infrared technique could be used to audit greenhouse gas sources such as factories, power stations and farms

Move over moonshine, here comes sunshine

20 November 2015 Research

New twist on distillation efficiently separates ethanol from water using light

Jurassic pigment structure elucidation tickles chemists pink

12 November 2015 Research

Unusual boron-based molecule found in ancient algae fossil throws light on natural product evolution

DNA movement through motor proteins measured

13 October 2015 Research

Researchers measure movement of DNA along motor protein in unprecedented detail

Air pollution model predicts 6.6 million deaths by 2050

16 September 2015 Research

‘Business as usual’ scenarios suggest toxic emissions could kill millions of people in the near future

Mutant plant can mop up explosives

8 September 2015 Research

Enzyme deficiency allows plant to thrive on soil contaminated with TNT

AFM takes first step to unravel asphaltene make-up

11 August 2015 Research

Understanding complex crude oil molecules will help to model oil reservoirs and enhance recovery

New two-dimensional tin material created

5 August 2015 Research

First ever synthesis of stanene will give scientists the opportunity to see if its electronic properties are as odd as predicted

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