Companies have put biofuels on the back burner to aim for higher margin chemicals, as Emma Davies finds out
Alan Sugar’s latest apprentice is setting up a recruitment agency specialising in sectors that make a difference. Emma Davies finds out more
Futuretrack has followed thousands of students on their path through university and beyond. Kate Purcell talks Emma Davies through the latest data on careers and job satisfaction
Emma Davies reveals how mass spectrometry is heading out of the lab and into some amazing places
Emma Davies scratches the surface of some of the everyday chemicals that can cause people to suffer allergic reactions.
From R&D to formulation, safety and manufacturing, L’Oréal is full of chemists. Emma Davies talks to the people behind ‘the science bit’
Alan Darragh left industry behind to inspire others to study science, and now he’s helping to restart a long-lost chemistry department he tells Emma Davies
A medicinal chemistry course that's giving students a real taste of pharma - failure, frustration and all
Emma Davies takes a look at a medicinal chemistry course that's giving students a real taste of pharma - failure, frustration and all
Emma Davies investigates attempts to stem the flow of potentially harmful fluorinated chemicals into both our environment and our bloodstreams
With the relentless rise of DNA nanotechnology's popularity, Emma Davies explores the role chemistry has played in its success
Large variations in caffeine content have been found in espressos in high street coffee shops
Emma Davies unreels the blockbuster tale of film preservation
Particulates from vehicles cause significant issues in urban environments. Emma Davies uncovers the chemistry that is causing and potentially solving the problems
Jobs in science centres and museums are hard to come by and competition is fierce. The work requires bright, enthusiastic and imaginative people, reports Emma Davies
'I enjoy a challenge', Nathan Lawrence, senior research scientist at Schlumberger Research, tells Emma Davies
Ally Lewis could probably take apart a gas chromatograph with his eyes closed in the jungle or on a glacier, writes Emma Davies
Controlling the microscopic structure of foods could make diet products that help you feel fuller for longer. Emma Davies gets her teeth into some edible colloids
Cradle-to-cradle strategy could improve supply security
AkzoNobel, the global paints and coatings company and producer of speciality chemicals, is looking forward to rapid growth in China, writes Emma Davies
Coffee has a conflicting reputation - is it a guilty pleasure or a life saving elixir? Emma Davies gulps down an espresso and investigates
To celebrate the international year of chemistry, James Mitchell Crow looks back at some of the discoveries and developments made by chemists over the past six decades
Mummified remains from Egypt and beyond hold chemical information about the daily lives of ancient civilisations. Emma Davies reports
Teaching is in Jane Essex's blood. After years teaching in schools, she is now inspiring the next generation of chemistry teachers - and loving it, as she tells Emma Davies
As our supply of some essential elements dries up, it's time to start urban mining. Emma Davies reports
Peter Cook has woven together a love of rock music and science to create a novel team building experience for big business, as Emma Davies finds out
Isotope and DNA analysis of archaeological remains offer new insights into the diets and origins of ancient populations. Emma Davies digs up more information
The University of Bristol's innovative teaching labs are marketing their electronic laboratory manuals around the world. Emma Davies reports on an education success story
Physical chemists are finding themselves more in demand than ever. Emma Davies finds out why
Could new sweet enhancers and natural sweeteners finally make zero-calorie products taste more like the real thing? Emma Davies finds out
It takes a mix of ingenuity and engineering expertise to develop mass spectrometers for use in extreme environments. Emma Davies investigates
As we expand our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of ageing, could we soon see a jump in 'healthspan'? Emma Davies talks to the scientists tackling age-related disease
The chemistry to convert waste into fuels is now being tested at pilot plants around the world. We may have the science, but are governments and industry ready, asks Emma Davies
Last summer a team of UK scientists dragged the contents of their lab out into the jungle, to analyse the local atmosphere. Emma Davies finds out what they discovered
Big pharma's outsourcing is key to predicted success for a growing UK contract research organisation, reports Emma Davies
Emma Davies pokes her nose into some of the world's most celebrated perfume molecules
Being able to break selected C-H bonds empowers the synthetic chemist and could revolutionise the petrochemical industry, as Emma Davies discovers
Toys aren't safe to distribute until specially trained scientists have destroyed them, reports Emma Davies
At £250 million, the EPSRC's largest ever call will champion a new breed of doctoral training centre
An enthusiasm for 'creating stuff in the lab' coupled with early entrepreneurial promise make these interesting times for recent PhD graduate David Rabuka, writes Emma Davies
A new strain of heat-loving bacteria promises cheaper production of second generation biofuels
Industry has joined forces with the EPSRC to improve the UK's research funding formula. Emma Davies finds out more
The field of water analysis is entering a new area, with much talk of data sharing, new testing devices and water quality forecasting, as Emma Davies discovers
A new Fischer-Tropsch microreactor could convert agricultural waste into biofuel at small local plants
Gold nanocluster catalysts split oxygen molecules - but cluster size is crucial
Is it really worth supplementing your diet with health-boosting pills? Emma Davies reports
Emma Davies looks at the career opportunities for chemists in the brewing industry
Scientists have created artificial DNA strands that could form a new biological data storage system
Fluorochemicals are still causing concern. Emma Davies finds out how polar bears and microwaved popcorn reignited the contamination debate
Five years after acrylamide's discovery in foods, industry is still hard at work trying to cut levels of the potential carcinogen in convenience products. Emma Davies investigates
Simple changes in farming methods could reduce levels of acrylamide in wheat-based foods
Compounds emitted by plants during West Africa's monsoon are thought to have a profound impact on global atmospheric chemistry.
Smart Holograms' novel sensors can monitor almost anything, from glucose to bacteria, as Emma Davies finds out.
A form of microscopy is shaking up nanoscience research and forcing scientists to reconsider many established theories. Emma Davies investigates cryoTEM
Screw caps are better than corks at preserving the fruity bouquet of sauvignon blanc wines, report researchers in New Zealand.
What Einstein told his cook 2
What Einstein told his cook 2
Double Nobel prize-winner Fred Sanger recalls his days in the lab, attributing his success to the time he spent at the bench. Emma Davies reports
Bell Labs, the research arm of US firm Lucent Technologies, is setting up a research centre in Dublin, Ireland.
Syngenta plans to transfer GM research to the US.
Organic transistors with pressure sensors prepare the way for artificial skin.
Crystal structure brings researchers closer to using anthrax to fight cancer.
Desperate dieters may find that a new anti-obesity treatment is not to be sniffed at.
Many companies wishing to become more sustainable choose to go along the route of solvent reduction.
US researchers develop new, low-cost optical fibres.
Astex's research on drug fragments is taking it deep into the oncology field, as Emma Davies finds out.
Southampton University, UK, is spinning out a new combinatorial chemistry company called Ilika.
After much planning, a new Centre of Excellence in Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture.
Celltech has accepted a cash offer from UCB, a Belgian pharmaceutical and chemical company, which values the UK biotechnology firm at about £1.53bn.
Oxford BioMedica develops new gene therapy product.
Nanotechnology takes off in US air force.
An Imperial College London research team has signed a licensing deal with CytRx.
US researchers discover role of aromatic acids in particle formation.
The global fight against possible carcinogen in foods intensifies.
Argenta's oncology programme is now ready for licensing and the company is 'having serious conversations' over this with several companies.
Spanish researchers suggest that sherry can help lower cholesterol.
Aventis has finally accepted a bid from its French rival Sanofi Synthélabo.
Ionic liquids (ILs) are often hailed as the green saviours of organic chemistry.
US researchers develop portable genetic analysis device.
Evidence suggests that radical-pair theory guides migratory birds on their way.
Being a member of the European Parliament (MEP) could be a risky occupation.
The UK chemical industry should see the impending Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) legislation as 'an opportunity, not a threat'.
Enzyme holds key to anti-cancer properties of bacterial product.
The German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Royal Society of Chemistry have worked closely together for many years. David Giachardi, chief executive of the RSC, and Wolfram Koch, GDCh's chief executive, discuss the issues faced by the societies today. Emma Davies reports
Sir John Pople revolutionised the field of quantum chemistry.
Vernalis, the biotech company formed from the merger of British Biotech and the original Vernalis, has bought back the rights to its migraine drug from Irish biotech firm Elan.
Bernard Henbest took up the chair of organic chemistry at Queen's University Belfast in 1958 at the age of 33.
Chitosan carries vitamins and minerals to enrich fruit.
Researchers develop protein copies which make bacteria impotent.
Britain's views on EU chemical legislation released.
The brain chemistry of cholesterol metabolites.
Researchers at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, UK, are developing what they claim to be the 'most intense laser in the world'.
Personalised medicine, which promises to prevent, detect and cure diseases by linking the mechanisms and pathways of illnesses to individuals, will become a reality 'in our lifetime'.
Astex, a UK drug discovery company, has set up a multi-target drug discovery agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), a German pharmaceutical firm.
US physicists simplify the process of nanotube alignment.
Okra plants could help to prevent stomach ulcers.
Gas chromatography reveals why worker ants destroy their eggs.
Swedish chemists develop mini syringe to pick up pollution.
Prototype device heralds microbial fuel cell.
US researchers raise hopes of new treatment for alcoholism.