Brian Clegg paints a picture of a compound found in ancient cave paintings and top-of-the-range electronics: Manganese dioxide
Michael Freemantle examines the explosive history and chemistry of mercury fulminate
Generally, things get bigger as they get hotter. Neil Withers examines one of the exceptions – zirconium tungstate
There's more to toluene than TNT, as Brian Clegg reveals
From an apron aflame to a popular propellant, Michael Freemantle tracks the history of guncotton
Brian Clegg introduces an essential nutrient, and the first to hold the name 'vitamin': Thiamine or vitamin B
A story which starts knee-deep in sewage and ends with the spread of drug resistant infections like MRSA
Wouldn't it be great to have a molecule named after you? But perhaps not this week's compound, the chemical weapon lewisite
Hayley Birch discovers the compound that opened up a wing of the periodic table for reactions: Xenon hexafluoroplatinate
Raychelle Burks finds out how Potbelly's patrons became poisoning patients, in the mystery of the sodium azide-laced iced tea
In this week's podcast, Matt Gunther reveals the toxic history of gelsemine
In this week's podcast, Raychelle Burks tells us of the cool but warming effects of methyl salicylate, better known as oil of wintergreen.
It's at the heart of the first chemical equation, and makes Hayley Birch think of quiche. This week's compound is antimony sulfide
Why do the Blue Ridged Mountains inspire so many songs? Maybe it's because of the Isoprene that gives them their blue hue...
Emilie Steinmark tells us about gluten and gluten intolerance
Simon Cotton explains the explosive history and the dangers to health of the weight-loss drug, 2,4-dinitrophenol
Brian Clegg introduces an exotic chemical dynasty: the Vanadium oxides
Simon Cotton on the compound that turns a shrinking violet into a hero: Adrenaline
Brian Clegg tells us about a silicone gel, which can sometimes be a bit silly
Raychelle Burks introduces a red dye with a prickly history.
If life hands you lemons, make lemonade – or you could make citric acid, a very useful commodity chemical according to Andrew Turley
Brian Clegg on sodium sulfate, known as 'the miraculous salt' because of its strong laxative effects.
Tempted by a tipple of home-brewed moonshine? Andrew Turley examines the risks associated with drinking methanol.
Brian Clegg investigates a compound that calms inflamed joints and excites the stressed brain: Cortisol
Ben Valsler examines the chemicals at the heart of one of the latest cosmetic & food additive scare stories: Parabens