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Acetone peroxide

15 October 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton takes us back to a dark day in UK history, to highlight a terrible use of acetone peroxide


9 October 2014 Podcast | Compounds

The drug that fuelled rave culture may yet be a treatment for PTSD. Hayley Simon introduces MDMA


2 October 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Why would a simple molecule used to produce plastics excite astronomers? Brian Clegg introduces ethane

Tantalum pentoxide

24 September 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Lars Öhrström explains how tantalum(V)oxide banished 'the brick' and allows your mobile phone to fit in your pocket

Sodium alginate

17 September 2014 Podcast | Compounds

When Brian Clegg's acid reflux strikes, he knows he can rely on help from this compound: Sodium alginate


10 September 2014 Podcast | Compounds

It reeks of rotting fish but finds use in a range of applications - Jenna Bilbrey introduces trimethylamine


3 September 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Phenol, that mainstay of the chemical industry, was a familiar smell around the house in soap. Brian Clegg reveals all


27 August 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton describes one of his favourite school chemistry experiments, involving this week's compound: Glycerol

Osmium tetraoxide

20 August 2014 Podcast | Compounds

It's highly toxic but essential for studying detailed structures of cells. Brian Clegg introduces osmium tetraoxide

Magnesium oxide

13 August 2014 Podcast | Compounds

You may have created it in a fiery flash or taken it to soothe a burning stomach. Simon Cotton on magnesium oxide

Antifreeze glycoproteins

6 August 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Why don't fish freeze in sub-zero seas? Helen Scales introduces the compounds that protect them - antifreeze glycoproteins

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