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‘Forbidden chemistry’ drives carbon bond forming sequence

10 February 2016 Research

Flow process harnesses unstable diazo compounds in room temperature reactions

Raiders of the lost steel

15 January 2016  Premium contentFeature

The skills behind the legendary sharpness of wootz steel were once forgotten, but Andy Extance talks to the researchers unsheathing its secrets

Carbon dioxide-to-methanol catalyst ignites ‘fuel from air’ debate

14 January 2016 Research

Nobel winner’s team hopes ‘air capture’ of greenhouse gas can store renewable energy – but others see problems

New vinyl catalyst will reduce mercury emissions

11 January 2016 Business

Johnson Matthey strikes gold as China’s PVC industry looks for cleaner processes

Pfizer’s response to compound fraud spotlights quality issues

7 December 2015 News and Analysis

‘Bosutinib isomer’ typifies threat posed by evolution of chemical supply chain

Trampolining droplets raise hopes for ice-shedding surfaces

4 November 2015 Research

Mystery of bouncing droplets that apparently defy the laws of physics unravelled

Gamblers judge research quality cheaply and well

3 November 2015 News and Analysis

‘Prediction market’ trial in chemistry departments suggest less arduous way to prepare for research assessment

Crystals allow peek at picosecond DNA damage

22 October 2015 Research

Combined x-ray and laser technique explores reaction with light lasting trillionths of a second

‘Chemical search engine’ backs alternative route to life

12 October 2015 Research

Spontaneous peptide formation conditions found using automated system

Chemists harness impermanent ‘star’ molecule

8 October 2015 Research

Iron complex overcomes [5]radialene’s enthusiasm for reacting with itself, filling decades-old gap in series

Megasupramolecules promise to quell fuel explosions

2 October 2015 Research

‘Sticky-ended’ molecules that self-assemble into long chains may have made 9/11 less deadly

Cosmetics deals push skin 3D bioprinting

24 September 2015 Business

Interest for testing from L’Oréal, BASF and Procter & Gamble could be a stepping stone towards bespoke organs

Oligonucleotide drugs step up

23 September 2015  Premium contentFeature

Structural innovations are overcoming oligonucleotide drugs’ historical flaws, discovers Andy Extance

Firming COFs up takes Michael reaction catalysis forward

22 September 2015 Research

Chemists stabilise hexagonal layers that form nanochannels, which help speed up conversions

Vitamin makes tricky E/Z flipping easy

3 September 2015 Research

Thanks to riboflavin, chemists see route to Z-isomers of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl intermediates

‘Fire fountain’ data illuminate lunar history

28 August 2015 Research

Volatile element details promise to ignite research into Moon’s origin and evolution

Porous pills could be largest industrial 3D printing use

20 August 2015 Business

US grants first-of-a-kind approval for Aprecia’s epilepsy tablets exploiting porous structure

Philae poses comet chemistry conundrum

30 July 2015 Research

Historic mass spectra find 67P carries precursors to key biomolecules, but instruments detect different ones

Chemical firms seek better grasp of biomanufacturing

23 July 2015 Business

The search is on for better alternatives to the ‘broken’ way companies harness compound-making organisms

Pharma queues up for checkpoint inhibitor collaborations

3 July 2015 Business

Combinations of different firms’ drugs seek to reap immuno-oncology’s benefits

Copper catalysis overcomes double bond trouble

3 July 2015 Research

Stubbornly stable unactivated internal alkenes become chiral tertiary amine precursors

Getting the measure of Mars

3 July 2015 Feature

Sophisticated analytical chemistry is studying our neighbouring planet, as Andy Extance discovers

Organic odysseys

29 June 2015 Feature

Andy Extance looks at two drugs that cranked the synthetic challenge all the way up to Halaven

X-rays capture super-fast nanoscale film

9 June 2015 Research

Chance finding underlines nanodiffraction technique’s power and potential

Noble gas joins σ-hole interaction crowd

29 May 2015 Research

Surprising ‘aerogen bonding’ completes set of p-block groups exhibiting the phenomenon