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Isoamyl acetate

30 July 2014 Podcast | Compounds

It makes a sweet banana-flavoured treat, but can ruin home brewed beer; Jenna Bilbrey introduces isoamyl acetate

Bisphenol A

23 July 2014 Podcast | Compounds

The science is far from settled, but this week's compound – bisphenol A – is facing bans across the world


16 July 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Helen Scales investigates tributyltin, banned from use as anti-fouling paint for causing 'imposex' in marine life


9 July 2014 Podcast | Compounds

From potential painkiller to kitchen-cooked heroin replacement, Nate Adams tracks the history of desomorphine


2 July 2014 Podcast | Compounds

It helps keep sharks afloat, but may be partly responsible for their declining numbers: Helen Scales introduces squalene


25 June 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Nathan Adams introduces a confusingly-named protein that's essential for keeping blood flowing: Albumin


18 June 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Neil Withers finds out how vermilion has been keeping human civilisation looking bright and beautifully red for centuries


11 June 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg holds his nose to examine one of the real workhorses of the organic chemistry lab: Pyridine

Cytochrome P450

4 June 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Nathan Adams investigates some of the most important molecular machines within our cells, the cytochrome p450 enzymes

Ammonium dichromate

28 May 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg reminisces about indoor fireworks and Vesuvian fire with this week's compound: Ammonium dichromate


22 May 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Meet melatonin, the 'Dracula of hormones', essential in regulating the body's natural circadian rhythm


14 May 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Once a fusty way of keeping moths out of clothes, Brian Clegg explains how naphthalene may have helped bring life to Earth

Diphenyl oxalate

7 May 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Nature has a range of ways to create bioluminescence. Not to be outdone, chemists create their own glow with diphenyl oxalate.


30 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

They are the compounds that link leather trousers to a nice cup of tea - Brian Clegg introduces tannins


23 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Anna Lewcock finds out how pigeons played a major role in discovering an important pituitary hormone, prolactin


16 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Amongst the fictional forensic equipment shown on television, Brian Clegg notices one distinctly non-fiction stalwart: Luminol


9 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

It smells sweet, is potentially lethal and organic chemists rely on it: Emily James on dichloromethane


2 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Purple was once a colour only royalty could afford to wear. Hayley Birch investigates tyrian purple, or dibromoindigo, the original purple dye


26 March 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Stephen Wallace introduces batrachotoxin, a deadly toxin that comes from a beautiful little frog

Helium hydride

19 March 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg introduces the first compound to ever exist - helium hydride


12 March 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton introduces the first antibiotic known to kill TB: Streptomycin


5 March 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Lars Öhrström delves into the history of alum, a compound linked to some of Europe's most infamous families


26 February 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Helen Scales investigates hirudin, a powerful anticoagulant found in leech saliva


19 February 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton explores a dance-scene drug that was designed for horses, ketamine


12 February 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Hayley Birch discovers the compound that links explosive anaesthetics, plastics and ripe bananas: Ethene