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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

Trimethylamine

10 September 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Phenol

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

Glycerol

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

Tributyltin

16 July 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Desomorphine

9 July 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Squalene

2 July 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Albumin

25 June 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Vermilion

18 June 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Pyridine

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

Melatonin

22 May 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Naphthalene

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.

Tannins

30 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Prolactin

23 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Luminol

16 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Dichloromethane

9 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

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

Dibromoindigo

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