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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

Elemental exhibits

26 June 2015  Premium contentFeature

Now forgotten but for a few dusty displays in foyers, chemical museums were once important teaching facilities in chemistry departments across the world, as Peter Morris discovers

Graphene beyond the hype

19 June 2015 Feature

For the past 10 years, graphene has popped up in many headlines. Emma Stoye looks at whether current progress matches up to the promises

The peak of success

10 June 2015 Feature

Our 2015 entrepreneur of the year is Ray Fisher of Peakdale Molecular

Pharma goes hi-tech

5 June 2015  Premium contentFeature

Technology and telecommunications have the potential to revolutionise healthcare, as Anthony King reports

Fighting food fraud

29 May 2015  Premium contentFeature

After recent food scandals, analytical chemistry is more in demand than ever to reassure consumers, as Sarah Houlton discovers

Capturing carbon

22 May 2015  Premium contentFeature

Andy Extance finds uncertainty over efforts to capture and store CO2 from power generation

All set for chemistry

15 May 2015 Feature

Chemistry sets through the years have both weathered and reflected many changes in science and society, as Philip Ball discovers

Natural non-caloric sweeteners

8 May 2015  Premium contentFeature

Food companies are starting to switch from synthetic to natural sugar substitutes, Rachel Brazil reports

Imaging the future

24 April 2015  Premium contentFeature

Doctors and pharmaceutical companies are beginning to open their eyes to the power of mass spectrometry imaging, finds Nina Notman

Crossing the valley of death

17 April 2015  Premium contentFeature

Katrina Krämer examines efforts to bridge the gap between university research and commercial products

Big problems with little particles?

9 April 2015 Feature

There is a risk that poor toxicology studies could start undermining the success of nanomaterials, reports Elinor Hughes

Is all matter made of just one element?

2 April 2015  Premium contentFeature

William Prout’s answer to this perennial question launched two centuries of controversy. Mike Sutton reports

Combating rare diseases

26 March 2015  Premium contentFeature

Developing drugs for treating rare diseases isn’t always financially viable. Clare Sansom looks at some recent success stories

It's a bloody business

19 March 2015  Premium contentFeature

Determining the role drugs and poisons may have played in death is the responsibility of forensic toxicologists. Nina Notman reports

A whiff of contention

12 March 2015  Premium contentFeature

Efforts to predict a molecule’s scent and to build artificial noses are progressing despite a lack of knowledge and disagreements within the olfactory community, finds Andy Extance

Alchemy on the page

5 March 2015 Feature

Books used by alchemists offer insights into the relationship between these early chemists and their texts. Philip Ball investigates

Learning from the masters

2 March 2015 Feature

By unpicking how cephalopods change their looks to match their environment, researchers are aiming to reverse-engineer a host of novel materials. Emma Davies reports

The enzyme hunters

27 February 2015  Premium contentFeature

Novozymes is scouring the world for enzymes that make industrial processes more sustainable, as Mark Peplow discovers

From screen to cell

24 February 2015  Premium contentFeature

Nina Notman finds out how liquid crystals are moving into the biotechnology and pharmaceutical toolbox

Conduct and misconduct

19 February 2015  Premium contentFeature

After high profile hoaxes, the scientific community is looking to ensure that researchers maintain high standards of research integrity. Bea Perks reports

High hopes

3 February 2015 Feature

Cannabinoids are finally coming out of the shadows and onto the shelves of pharmacies around the globe. Rachel Brazil reports

India’s chemistry challenges

3 February 2015 Feature

India’s climate, its vast population and extremely rapid development make it host to a unique set of challenges. Sanjay Kumar finds out how Indian chemists are developing home-grown solutions

The green molecule

2 February 2015  Premium contentFeature

From the observation that plants replenish oxygen in the air to artificial photosynthesis for making liquid fuel, Mike Sutton tells the story of the chemists fascinated by chlorophyll